(DAPHNE, Ala.) A Daphne High School Assistant Principal, 47-year-old Timothy Amey, is charged with several counts of forgery and identity theft. Police say he listed a Loxley man as his cosigner on his student loans, without the victim's knowledge or consent.
Amey was arrested Wednesday, but is now out on bond.
Local 15 is still waiting to hear more from the Baldwin County School System, but we know that Timothy Amey was actually placed on administrative leave last October for a totally separate personnel matter, and he's been on leave ever since. Baldwin County officials have yet to confirm whether he is being paid while on leave.
Daphne investigators say Amey was getting his masters degree at Alabama State University.Years back he applied for five separate student loans worth $45,000 and listed a friend from church as his co-signer without that man's permission. The victim contacted Daphne Police in June of 2011.
Investigators have been sifting through bank records for the past 15 months gathering evidence.
"The victim is 60 years old. The loans were not repaid so the financial institutions that made the loans, when they couldn't get payments from Mr. Amey, they came after the cosigner. That's how he found out he'd been listed as the cosigner," said Sgt. Brian Gulsby. "He said Mr. Amey approached him at one point about seven or eight years ago and asked him if he would maybe consider cosigning a loan for him. He said, 'Well, I don't know, that's a lot of money, maybe we should talk about it later.' They never talked about it later. He didn't know anything else about it."
Amey used the victim's name, date of birth and social security number to list him as a cosigner. Investigators don't know how he got all that information. .
Police say the victim's credit is ruined, he even had to file for bankruptcy.
Detectives feel confident there are other victims out there, so the investigation continues.