Correct woman arrested in financial crimes, says Clay County Sheriff's Office

By Elizabeth Berry, Evening assignment manager, beth@wjxt.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 07:40:48 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 13 2014 04:03:57 PM EDT

Ashley Odessa Chiasson appears in a Clay County courtroom Friday morning.

GREEN COVE SPINGS, Fla. -

After twice arresting an out-of-state woman of the same name for financial crimes, the Clay County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday night that it has now arrested the right Ashley Chiasson.

Earlier this week Clay County deputies announced that they had jailed a Louisiana woman for five weeks for crimes that she didn't commit. That Ashley Chiasson now plans to sue the Sheriff's Office.

Ashley Odessa Chiasson (pictured below), 31, was booked into the Clay County jail on Thursday and charged with attempting to defraud a financial institution and grand theft.

Detectives said this Chiasson was arrested after she came to the Sheriff's Office Operations Center for questioning and admitted to two financial crimes that occurred in Clay County.

According to the arrest report, Chiasson stole a watch, iPod, phone charger, sunglasses perfume, vanity mirror and prescription medications from a home where she worked as a housekeeper.

The homeowner told detectives that Chiasson was hired after responding to a Craigslist ad for a live-in housekeeper, but when she "developed an attitude and did not do what she was supposed to do," she was asked to pack her bags and leave.

After she was gone items valued at $1,213 were reported missing from the home.

Ashley Odessa Chiasson made her first appearance in a Clay County courtroom  Friday morning. Circuit Judge Richard Townsend ordered her held on $25,006 bond.

On Tuesday, Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler issued the following statement about the wrongful arrest:

"In these cases it appears that short-cuts were taken by the detectives during the suspect identification process and a thorough investigation into the identity of the suspect was not completed before the warrants were obtained. The result was the wrong person was accused of crimes she didn't commit. I extend to Ashley Nicole Chiasson my sincere apology for this error. We will seek to make things right for her. An internal investigation began immediately and a full review of how proper investigative procedures were not followed is underway. Those responsible will be held accountable. New measures, safeguards and revised policies will be adopted that will prevent this from occurring again in the future."

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