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Woman accused of stealing identities from 672 Mid-Southerners

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(WMC-TV) - A woman is in jail on $2 million bond after she stole hundreds of people's identities, according to police

When Pia Sims, 26, of Memphis, was pulled over while driving, police say they found nearly $50,000 cash in her trunk as well as documentation with other people's personal information on it.

According to the affidavit of complaint, Sims contacted victims and promised grant money to single mothers, which she then kept for herself.. Police say they found 672 different people's names, social security numbers, dates of birth, 124 different debit cards with handwritten names and PIN numbers on the back, 20 different tax documents, four different social security cards, and two different Tennessee ID's.

Investigators believe there are other victims throughout the Mid-South, in Arkansas, Mississippi, and even Memphis, whose identities have been stolen and may not know it yet.

Kimberly Coleman is one of 672 people whose personal information was stolen.

"She's taking from other people to live like she's a millionaire and she hasn't worked a day in her life probably," said Coleman.

"It's a con job. We typically refer to it as social engineering," said Andy Wilson, an expert fraud investigator.

Wilson is not connected to Sims' case, but he warns your personal information should not be entrusted to anyone, regardless of how good the salesman.

"By having access to hundreds and hundreds of people's information, she's able to commit that fraud over an dover and over and over again," said Wilson.

Sims bond is high as a result of the size of the identity theft case, the number of victims, and because the judge believes the Feds may get involved.

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