Woman charged with identity theft

Jan. 23, 2013 @ 05:02 PM

High Point police on Wednesday announced that they made an arrest in connection with a case involving suspected identity theft and other fraud.
Brenda Yow Schmidt, 47, of Kenilworth Drive, was charged on Jan. 16 with three counts of identity theft, seven counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretenses and one count of obtaining property by false pretenses, according to police.
All of the counts are felonies, according to court records.
The arrests came after detectives executed search warrants at Schmidt’s home and her place of employment, United Furniture Industries, police said. Schmidt was employed as the payroll clerk with the business, which detectives said provided her access to the identifying information of current and former employees.
Schmidt remained jailed Wednesday under bonds totalling $1,050,000. Records show she also faces a charge of failing to appear in court on a 2011 charge.
Detectives said their investigation is continuing and that additional charges are expected.