Suspect arrested after defrauding victim out of $50,000

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BATH, Beaufort County - A suspect was arrested after defrauding a victim out of approximately $50,000.

On October 20, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office received a report of fraud from a victim who claimed to be out of $50,000.

After an investigation, officials determined that someone was using the victim's debit card and bank account to make numerous transactions over a six-month period.

Investigators found that the purchases were for the suspect's personal benefit.

After more evidence was gathered, investigators applied for and obtained warrants charging Mattie Sue Cromwell, 40, of Bath with 33 counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

Bath was also charged with 22 counts of identity theft, 11 counts of forgery of an instrument and 11 counts of uttering a forged instrument.

Cromwell turned herself in to the Magistrate's Office, where she was served with the warrants. She is currently being held on a $15,000 secured bond.