Singer/Songwriter, David Lynn Jones, of Cave City, was the victim of an on going, elaborate identity theft scheme. The two people who are responsible have been caught and are being held at the Baxter County Detention Center.
According to a press release from the Baxter County Sheriff's office, 51-year-old Janis Wallace, (also known as Janis Jones or Janis French), and 51-year-old, Danny J. Sullivan of Mountain Home, have been under investigation for 14 months.
The investigation was initiated by Attorney General Investigator Stephen Svetz. According to the release, Svetz discovered that Sullivan claimed to be the victim of identity theft and applied for an Identity Theft Passport.
But, as it turns out, the two were co-conspirators in an elaborate scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Social Security Administration, the state of Arkansas and several businesses through the United States, according to the release.
In addition, they stole the identity of David Lynn Jones of Cave City. According to the release, Wallace had stolen Jones' driver's license while working for him. After obtaining the identification, Sullivan assumed the identity of Jones in several cases.
The investigation revealed that the two obtained a social security card, a Colorado identification card and eventually an Arkansas driver's license, all in the name of David Lynn Jones. According to the release, Wallace, then obtained Power of Attorney over Jones, claiming he was mentally disabled due to an automobile accident.
Sullivan and Wallace continued by filing fictitious change of address cards with the United States Post Office, which rerouted Jones' mail to them.
Jones is an Arkansas native who became an American country music singer-songwriter in 1987. He had four studio albums and charted four singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart. Jones' highest charting single was "Bonnie Jean (Little Sister)." He was also well known for writing the Willie Nelson song, "Living in the Promiseland."
According to the release, due to his accomplishments, Jones received business checks from music royalties through the mail regularly. These checks were among the redirected mail that the two stole.
Wallace and Sullivan then moved to Mountain Home from Gunnison, Colo., to continue their conspiracy, and according to the release, attempted to obtain property Jones owns in Fulton County.
According to the release, Special Agent Scott Wall with the Social Security Administration's Office of the Inspector General also aided with the investigation and subsequent arrest of Sullivan. Sullivan had been collecting a disability check in his real name from the government, while he was employed at McDonald's in Mountain Home under Jones' name.
Sullivan was arrested Feb. 13, and charged with nine counts of felony Financial Identity Fraud. His bond was set at $200,000. He will appear in Circuit Court Feb. 26.
After fleeing from Mountain Home, Wallace was apprehended in Washington County, near Fayetteville on Feb. 14. She was on Baxter County's Most Wanted Web site. Her bond was set at $500,000, and she is also at the Baxter County Detention Center.