By Randy Mitchell
STONEWALL — A woman who reportedly used another’s name to open utility services was arrested Thursday.
Stonewall Police Chief Jason Teel said Jennie Ellis, 48, Stonewall, was arrested on suspicion of false personation of another to create liability.
Teel said he received a call from Holdenville police that Ellis — who once owned a trucking company in Holdenville — used one of her ex-employee’s name to get utilities turned on in Stonewall.
Teel checked with Stonewall Public Works Authority who confirmed there were utilities activated in the name of the ex-employee — Ginger Brodehl.
“I contacted Ginger Brodehl who stated she did not turn on any water account in Stonewall or give her permission for any account to be opened,” Teel said.
An employee of Stonewall PWA said a woman claiming to be Brodehl opened a water account with a check belonging to Ellis. She confirmed it was Ellis after seeing a photograph, Teel said.
Teel said Brodehl became suspicious after a friend received a phone call from Ellis which showed “Ginger Brodehl” on the caller ID feature.
“(Brodehl) then confirmed through a Google search engine that a phone had been turned on through TDS in Stonewall,” Teel said. “Ginger Brodehl stated she did not open a phone account.”
After further investigation, Teel confronted Ellis at her residence on County Road 3640.
“...She stated she did turn on water, phone and electric in (Brodehl’s) name but she had her permission,” Teel said. “I arrested and Mirandized Ms. Ellis. She asked if (Brodehl) complained about the electric. I said, ‘No, do you have electric on in her name?’ (Ellis) stated did not want to talk anymore.
Teel said when the alleged incident occurred, Ellis was already out on bond after being arrested by federal authorities for fraud in Illinois. Ellis was released on a $10,000 bond.
By Randy Mitchell
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