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Posted: November 28, 2017

Woman accused of faking Roy Moore story for anti-media sting reportedly has Atlanta ties

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Woman accused of faking Roy Moore story for anti-media sting reportedly has Atlanta ties
Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Henagar, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

By Joshua Sharpe and Jennifer Peebles, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA —

The Washington Post is accusing a woman, who reportedly has Atlanta ties, of fabricating a story about Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.

>> Washington Post: Group tried to 'sting' media by planting fake Roy Moore accuser

The woman, identified in the Post story as Jaime Phillips, told the newspaper that Moore impregnated her as a teenager. But the Post determined her story was false, designed to make the paper look bad if it published the account, which would have been the latest in explosive allegations against Moore.

Post reporters also saw Phillips entering the Mamaroneck, New York, office of Project Veritas, a group known for targeting the media in undercover stings, the report said.

>> Click here to listen to the woman's exchange with the Washington Post

As part of its reporting, the newspaper cited a GoFundMe fundraising page that bears the name Jaime Phillips of Atlanta. The page was meant to raise money for a move to New York, where she would be working in a job that would help her take on the mainstream media.

Efforts by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to contact Phillips and to confirm the Post’s reporting on the Atlanta ties weren’t immediately successful Monday night.

But the GoFundMe page, which was found and saved as an image by a Post researcher, included a statement by Phillips that she had been recently laid off from her "mortgage job.” 

A Jaime Tennille Phillips, also known as Jaime Tennille Kahl, held a mortgage loan originator license in Georgia that was voluntarily surrendered in September 2016, according to state records available online in a public database of national mortgage industry licensure information. 

Phillips also holds a current loan originator license in the state of Kentucky, the database shows. 

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The database also includes employment history information that Phillips submitted to the state. That information shows Phillips says she worked as a loan partner at NFM Lending in Smyrna for a few months in 2016. 

Phillips also reported to the state of Georgia that she previously worked as a loan processor at AmeriSave Mortgage in Atlanta, as an associate at the JoAnn Fabrics store in Alpharetta, and as an insurance producer for AFLAC in Columbus, Georgia.


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