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ACCPD Investigating Multi-State Fraud Ring


A Nevada man has been arrested in connection with a multi-state fraud ring. According to a release, on June 7th, Athens-Clarke County Police responded to a business on Lexington Road where they contacted 60-year old Anthony Phillips. Police say he attempted to make a large purchase using a fraudulently obtained account number.

Phillips gave police several false names before he was identified. He is suspected of being associated with the theft of several million dollars worth of merchandise around the country.

During this investigation, officers recovered $1,800 in stolen merchandise as well as some fentanyl from Phillips. He is charged with theft by receiving stolen property, giving false information to law enforcement and possession of a schedule 1 controlled substance. He has warrants from other jurisdictions related to the fraud ring.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Sergeant Brian O’Neil at, or 762-400-7375.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!