Scrappy gay Atlanta felon busted for fraud, theft

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A gay Atlanta man, confessed burglar and fan of meth is back in jail, this time accused of trolling Buckhead in a U-Haul and stealing items from nearly 50 mailboxes. 

Atlanta police arrested Corey Orlando Jefferson, 30, on Jan. 26 after a Buckhead woman spotted him driving a U-Haul through her neighborhood and told police that he was stealing mail. When officers converged on him near the intersection of Peachtree Battle and Northside Drive, they found the box truck packed with bags of mail from nearly 50 victims, according to an incident report. 

But that wasn't all Jefferson allegedly had with him in the rental.

“While doing an inventory of the possessions I came across drug objects that are easily recognizable as commonly used items to use drugs. There were two glass pipes commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, a baggie full of syringes, rolling papers commonly used to smoke marijuana, and a glue syringe used to huff,” according to the incident report.

When police arrested Jefferson, he allegedly gave them two false names – “Ali Hanzaei” and “David Homrich” – and birthdates before admitting his actual identity. 

Jefferson remains in the Fulton County Jail charged with 50 counts of financial identity fraud, 12 counts of theft by taking, driving with a suspended license, giving a false name and possession of drug related objects. WSB, which first reported Jefferson's arrest on Friday, says he's likely to face federal charges for the mail theft and additional charges in Cobb and DeKalb counties. 

The Jan. 26 arrest is the latest in a string of criminal cases involving Jefferson that go back more than three years. He's been charged with DUI, drug possession, burglary and theft by receiving stolen property. He's scrappy too, allegedly fighting with an officer and fighting back with allegations that an officer abused him and called him “a faggot” who wanted a body cavity search.

All the while, Jefferson admits to some wrongdoing while bragging about integrity – the genetic kind he says he shows off on Grindr and the kind that made him proud to go to jail that one time in 2013.

Project Q first caught up with Jefferson in September 2013 when we detailed his latest arrest, fight with an Atlanta police officer and his dis of “fag hags” just days after wrapping up a two-month stint in jail. A month later in an interview with Project Q, Jefferson discussed his criminal past – at least six arrests but maybe eight, he said – and allegations that an arresting officer taunted him and used excessive force during an arrest. The cop quit during an internal investigation into Jefferson's complaints, though the officer said his resignation was unrelated to the case.

Jefferson has been arrested at least three times since. In addition to his arrest last month, Atlanta police charged him with forgery and probation violation during an arrest in November 2013. Last March, Atlanta police charged him with disorderly conduct.

During an October 2013 interview with Project Q, Jefferson discussed his allegations against the officer and his personal integrity.

“This time when I got arrested, I was so proud to go to jail that I did not even think about crying because I knew something of a greater good would have to come out of this because the reason I was going to jail was so littered with dirt,” he said.

“It only further fuels my desire and will and drive to continue living based on my integrity and not compromising my virtues or feeling bad things that may be looked down upon by other people. I know where my head and my heart is and I don't do anything with bad intentions or ill will towards anybody,” Jefferson added.


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