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National Insurance Crime Bureau

SLED: Woman filed false insurance claims, stole grandmother’s ID to fraudulently purchase vehicles in Florence

by: Kevin Accettulla

Posted: Jul 27, 2020 / 04:35 PM EDT / Updated: Jul 28, 2020 / 07:56 AM EDT

FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Two Darlington women were arrested after SLED said they stole one woman’s grandmother’s information to fraudulently purchase vehicles in Florence County.

According to SLED, Marae Antoinette Kennedy, 26, of Darlington, co-conspired with Sonja Denise Hickman, 43, of Darlington, to use financial information of Kennedy’s 85-year-old grandmother to purchase vehicles in Florence County in 2019.

Kennedy and Hickman purchased a 2019 Kia Forte from Car Town Kia in September 2019 using Kennedy’s grandmother’s information without her consent, according to SLED. The agency said Kennedy helped Hickman get a South Carolina Identification Card in Kennedy’s grandmother’s name with Hickman’s picture.

Kennedy is also accused of applying for a South Carolina vehicle title in her grandmother’s name, according to arrest warrants.

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