Abilene

2nd suspect arrested for using dead person's ID for money

ABILENE, Texas - Another person was arrested by Abilene police for using a "deceased person's name, date of birth, and account information" to get money from a bank account, according to arrest records.

Rachell Newman, 28, allegedly called a local bank and said she was the deceased person in order to withdraw money, according to an arrest report. The bank then issued a check for $200.

Police contacted Newman and she admitted to using the identification information, the report said. She was arrested Friday for felony fraudulent use of ID.

This comes just a day after 36-year-old Charles Edward Newman was arrested for the same charge. His arrest report, filed Friday, had a similar summary. It stated he admitted to using Kendra Keppler's identification information to withdraw $200 from a bank.

Keppler was found dead inside a house in the 3900 block of Whittier Street Wednesday. Police are investigating her death as a homicide, but so far no suspects have been named.

Rachell's arrest report does not specifically name Keppler as the victim of the fraud. The report does not state what day the withdrawal was made.

It is currently unknown if Rachell and Charles are married, but both of their arrest reports list the same home address.

Rachell Newman's bond total is unknown at this time as Taylor County Jail records were unavailable Saturday.


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