Employee of Local Water Board Arrested


For Immediate Release                          Date:  April 6, 2021

FORT PAYNE, Ala. On Monday, April 5th, Jessica Kay Hosch (33 of Rainsville) was charged with Fraudulent Use Credit/Debit Card (x3) and Identity Theft (x3)Hosch was an employee of the DeKalb Jackson Water District, located in Ider, Al.  She would obtain the credit or debit card numbers when customers would pay their bill and then use to make online purchases.  During the investigation, we have found two victims of her crime that live in DeKalb County.

This investigation is ongoing as more charges are possible.  We are asking all customers of the DeKalb Jackson Water District to check their bank statements and if you find any fraudulent charges, please call the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at 256-845-3801.

We would like to thank the DeKalb Jackson Water District for all of their help throughout this investigation.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “I just want to thank our Investigations Unit for the great job they did on this investigation.  Working these types of crimes are extremely difficult for our investigators due to the difficulty in obtaining evidence.  We very much appreciate the cooperation of the DeKalb Jackson Water District during this investigation.   We have an amazing team that work day and night to catch thieves like this.”

“Always keep a check on your bank statements and if you notice anything out of the ordinary, please contact your financial institution immediately.  And, as always, call us if you need us.” 

“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.