Police make arrest in counterfeit check case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Police are busy tracking a crime spree running up and down a major interstate. Police tell WKYT they have reason to believe a group of counterfeit check writers is targeting banks in cities along Interstate 75. They arrested a woman at Republic Bank Friday morning.

"Republic Bank called us. They had a female inside that had a check that they were suspicious about after getting information from some other banks that had been victims of something like this in the past," explained Lexington Police Lt. Chris Van Brackel about Friday's arrest, "so they called us, and they worked to stall her until the officers got there."

Lt. Van Brackel says 42-year-old Kesha Cox tried to cash a paycheck from a company that didn't exist. Police caught her, and charged her with possession of a forged check. Police believe Cox is working with others.

"We've got a overall group that is going around the Southeast that are taking in checks that are supposed to be from businesses and then cashing them at banks for pretty significant amounts of money," noted Lt. Van Brackel.

Police believe when they arrived at the bank, Cox alerted the group she was with of their presence, allowing her accomplices to escape.

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