Police search for woman connected to fake checks

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Police in Knox County are investigating a series of fraudulent checks they are finding throughout the county.

Police say a group of people are posing as a business and printing new checks to themselves.

A surveillance camera at the Forcht Bank in Barbourville shows this woman trying to deposit a check.
But police say it wasn't just any check.

Bank officials say they contacted police Wednesday when the more than $2,800 check proved to be fake.

“Apparently there is a group of individuals that have gained access to check forms such as business we use,” said Detective Steve Owens, with the Barbourville Police Department.

But he says this woman does not work at Sbarro, and is printing false checks.

“[They] have been printing their own checks from different business entities; printing them out to themselves as payroll checks or some type of refund check,” said Owens.

Police say the routing number on the check is fake but the name she used, Rebecca sexton, is not. In fact, they say she has an account at the bank.

Police say several other checks have been used at businesses across the county, and say so far two people have been arrested in Bell County in connection to them.

“When you have in hand several of the copies, and you can see regardless of the fact that the business name has been changed, the checks are the exact same format. Some of them even share the exact same routing and bank number,” said Owens.

Police expect others to surface but are searching for this woman in the meantime.

Barbourville police are asking anyone that knows where the woman might be to call the police station.

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