Billie Jean Peterson, 25, from Lawrence, Kansas, United States was accused of stealing personal information from neighbors, acquaintances and co-workers. Over the course of several months, he allegedly used the stolen information to fraudulently charge thousands from the bank accounts of 18 victims.
Peterson previously lived in Eudora, Kansas. From June 2021 to November 2021, he worked at Heartland Community Health Centerwhich operates a dental practice and other services in Lawrence.
When Peterson started working at Heartland Community Health Center, he allegedly began victimizing his co-workers at several dentist offices. In March 2022, a group of his co-workers at a dental office compared the fraudulent charges on their accounts and notified the Lawrence Police Department.
In April 2022, the Lawrence Police Department executed a search warrant and found several clues and potential victims of Peterson. During the investigation, the managers and employees of each dental clinic where he worked in 2021 were helpful and cooperative.
At approximately 1:20 pm on August 2, 2022, Peterson was arrested and booked into Douglas County Jail in Lawrence. He was charged with 56 counts of identity theft, 28 counts of unlawful computer acts and 26 counts of criminal use of a financial card.
On August 3, 2022, Peterson was formally charged in Douglas County District Court. In the afternoon, he was released on a $50,000 self-recognizance bond.