Suspects surrender on fraud charges

Two former bank employees have surrendered to local authorities, following a lengthy investigation into allegations that they defrauded customers, according to Henry County police.

Ollie Latasha Height, 33, of Covington, and Tonie Jeanette Holcombe , 44, of Stockbridge, are charged with 10 counts of financial identity fraud, each.

Henry County police have been investigating the pair since July of 2011, according to Police Sgt. Joey Smith. He said managers at the unnamed banking institution informed the police of the identity of the suspects.

“Both were employees of a financial institution who provides small personal loans,” said Smith. “Management was made aware that some customers’ information had been compromised. We have not disclosed the institution’s name, until all affected parties, or customers have been properly notified. Many customer accounts were compromised, but the suspects were only charged with 10 counts of actually obtaining funds from 10 accounts at this time.” 

Holcombe turned herself into the Henry County Jail, on Feb. 29, said Sheriff’s Maj. Jeff Norman. She appeared in Magistrate Court, March 1, and her case was bound over to Superior Court, Norman said.

Height surrendered to jail authorities on March 1, and her case was bound over on March 2. Both suspects have been released from the jail on bonds of $7,500 each.