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One pleads guilty in alleged vehicle-related fraud scheme against elderly Dawson County couple

 A California woman has entered a negotiated plea of guilty for her role in an alleged scheme with three others to fraudulently buy vehicles, according to documents filed Dec. 19 in Dawson County Superior Court.

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Jazmine Ranae Wheeler pleaded guilty to one count of identity fraud, a felony, after she was arrested in September. 

Wheeler arrest

Dawson County Sheriff’s Office warrants and an indictment accused her of writing a $35,096 check for a Mercedes with the elderly victims’ banking details. 

Wheeler was sentenced to 10 years, with the first 276 days in confinement and the remainder to be served on probation. As part of her probation, she is prohibited from contacting the victims or the other three defendants. 

In June, grand jurors in Dawson County indicted Wheeler and California suspects Brandon Phillip Raible, Austin William Reid and Bradley Scott Wismar in relation to the allegations. 

Wismar, who was arrested by DCSO in October, has been charged with one count each of identity fraud, theft by taking and exploiting an elderly person. 

The indictment states that Wismar allegedly tried to use the elderly couple’s checking number to obtain a 2020 Toyota Tacoma and also stole more than $25,000 from one of the victims on Feb. 13, 2022. 

DCSO charged Raible with three counts of identity fraud and Reid with one count of that offense. 

Raible is accused of trying to use one of the victims’ checking account numbers to buy a BMW X-5 SUV on Feb. 6 and obtaining one account number and statement on Feb. 23 with the intent to use that information fraudulently. 

Additionally, Raible and Reid were both accused in the indictment of attempting to use that same information in order to purchase a motorcycle on Feb. 17. 

They have been apprehended and are in the process of being transported back to Georgia, Sheriff Jeff Johnson told DCN in December.

This story will be updated when more information is available.