KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A Knox County teacher has been charged with three counts of identity theft after she was accused of applying for loans and credit cards in other people’s names and then making purchases.
Ashley Wright faces three counts of identity theft. Court records show on June 15, she allegedly went online and applied for a credit card using someone else’s personal information. The records say she then used the card to make charges over $3,000.
The records then say on June 27, she applied for a loan with a check into cash business, again using someone else’s personal information without permission.
Then on July 15, the court records allege she again applied for a credit card using someone else’s name and personal information, which she used to make purchases of nearly $3,000.
Wright is a sixth grade teacher at Whittle Springs Middle School, according to the school system’s website. Spokesperson Carly Harrington says she has been placed on leave during the investigation. Wright has an arraignment scheduled for Thursday morning.
Nadine Porter is next door neighbors with Wright. Porter claimed Wright stole her husband’s identification.
“Our boys are friends. We went to Dollywood Splash Country and that day she went into my wallet and took a photo of the credit card,” Porter said.
WATE 6 On Your Side went to Wright’s home to hear her side of the story. After a few tries, there was no answer.
Porter said there are at least five other victims. She said some also lost thousands of dollars to theft.
“Felt like a part of a conspiracy and it does not feel real,” said Joshua Porter, Nadine Porter’s husband.