Woman charged with possession, identity fraud

By Sam Wildow - [email protected]


PIQUA — A woman found overdosing at a Piqua residence last week reportedly stole a Piqua resident’s identity in an effort to avoid getting charged.

Jessica L. Bever, 30, whose address is listed as both Piqua and Sidney, was charged with fifth-degree felony identity fraud, fifth-degree felony possession of drugs, and second-degree misdemeanor possession of a drug abuse instrument on Tuesday. Bever is also reportedly facing a probation violation.

The charges are in connection with an incident reported on the 800 block of Park Avenue on June 23 where Bever allegedly overdosed on heroin, according to Piqua police reports. Bever was reportedly found unresponsive and not breathing when paramedics used Narcan to revive her. A hypodermic needle and an open capsule of suspected heroin were also found next to her head.

After she was revived, she claimed that she did not use any illegal drugs and that she was someone else. According to Piqua police reports, Bever supplied officers with the address, date of birth, and the Social Security number of another person known to Bever when the officers asked Bever to identify herself.

An officer noted that she did not match a picture of who she was claiming to be. On Monday, an officer then located the real person who Bever was claiming to be after charges had already been filed under that person’s name and information.

Bever is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on a total of $6,000 bond with only 10 percent cash or surety needed to post bond. Bever’s next court date is scheduled for July 6.


By Sam Wildow

[email protected]

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336

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