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Woman accused of stealing sister’s identity

Posted August 19, 2008

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— A Raleigh woman is facing identity theft charges.

Shelby Hooper, 40, is accused of using her older sister's personal information to get credit cards, and open various money accounts.

The sister lives in Virginia and told WRAL her credit is ruined.

Hooper was being held Tuesday on $95,000 bond.


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  • Dr. Dataclerk Aug 22, 2008

    Pray for this family. This is awful, and to do it to your own sister. She will never be trusted around the family or friends ever again. Oh, I hope she will get some prisons time because of this.

  • mrsvidivan2 Aug 20, 2008

    This is sad.

  • tank1234 Aug 20, 2008

    WEll my own niece did it to me. Also she stole 5,000 dollars
    from her drying grandpa. Let's say I don't consider her
    family anymorw.

  • skidkid269 Aug 20, 2008

    I bet the next family reunion will be a little uncomfortable for some people.

  • iron fist Aug 20, 2008

    to steal someone identy and ruin their credit is a terrible thing to do takes years to clear up sometimes. To do it to family member makes it even worse. Makes for an interesting family reunion.

  • mmania Aug 20, 2008

    I know my sisters and my brothers SSN, but I would never even think about using to my benifit. There is something stupid in doing that kind of thing to start with, but to do it to your own family.

  • sweetnsour13 Aug 20, 2008

    Sister or not...she should not only be sent to jail but I would file a civil suit for damages.

  • CuriousT Aug 20, 2008

    I've been in the banking/finance industry for almost 14 years. I can tell you that in many cases it JUST DOESN'T MATTER how a person was raised. The ONLY DETERRENT to this is to PROSECUTE THEM.

    Yes, this creates "friction" in a family. But avoiding it to "keep the family peace" teaches these folks (and the next generation too) several things:


    2. It's OK TO CONTINUE this behaviour AGAINST a FAMILY MEMBER.

    3. No consequences for doing the WRONG THING? Then the FAMILY SANCTIONS THESE ACTIONS.

    4. This is EASIER THAN WORKING for what you get in life.

    I keep remembering something my dad used to say to us when we were growing up:

    "The LIFE you LIVE is the LESSON YOU TEACH."

    Just some thoughts,

  • familyfour Aug 20, 2008

    The sad thing is that most of the people committing these crimes are much more than bad decision makers....most of them have really bad habits.

  • sadie1278 Aug 20, 2008

    My cousin has a half sister exactly 1 year to the day older. They live 1500 miles apart. She has given the police my cousin's name and B-day so many times we have lost count. My poor cousin has never been in trouble in her life and has had to explain "her" arrest record to prospective employers before.