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Brooksville woman charged with fraud stemming from cases of ID theft

A woman who earlier this year was arrested on identity theft charges has now been charged with organized fraud, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said.

Tipper Mackenzie Knerr, 23, of Brooksville was arrested in March, accused of possessing personal identification information of more than 70 people, which she collected by stealing mail, deputies said. She posted bail and was released a week later.

Several of those victims told detectives that either credits were applied for and obtained in their name by someone else, or credit cards they had legitimately applied for never arrived in the mail. In one case, a woman who applied for but never received an Amazon credit card began receiving packages that she didn't buy with both her name and Knerr's name on them.

Deputies obtained an arrest warrant for Knerr and took her into custody again on Aug. 31. She was released hours later from Hernando County Detention Center after posting $5,000 bail.

Times staff