• Mom stole own kids' identities to open credit cards, buy from Victoria's Secret, police say

    By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk


    COLUMBUS COUNTY, S.C. - A mother from North Carolina is in trouble with the law, and her own children turned her in.

    Columbus County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that Bristol Kay King used the Social Security numbers and other information of her children to open 12 credit cards at stores like Walmart, Victoria's Secret and Lowes, WWAY reported.

    The alleged scam was discovered when the children started receiving packages with their names on them but were ordered not to touch or open them.

    One of the children told their father and their stepmother what was happening, and the adults ran credit reports for the kids starting with the oldest. The parents found credit cards and fraudulent charges on both children's reports, law enforcement said. 

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    In addition to Walmart, Victoria's Secret and Lowes, law enforcement said King opened cards with not only stores but with credit card companies like Discover, Care Credit, Capital One and JP Morgan Chase, WWAY reported.

    King has been charged with 12 counts of identity theft and unlawfully obtaining credit cards. She was taken to jail on $120,000 secured bond, WTVD reported.

    King posted bond within two hours, WWAY reported.

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