Arrests made in check fraud scam

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

Police say the people responsible for a check fraud scam across the region have been caught.

It's all thanks to the team work and the quick response of some Clay County community members.

Some suspicious payroll checks caught the eye of one quick thinking store manager, so Michael Csaszar informed law enforcement.

“The deputy went down to the Save-A-Lot and reviewed the video tapes and determined what vehicle they were driving. Around an hour and a half or two hours later spotted the vehicle on the other end of the county and made a traffic stop on these individuals,” Kevin Johnson said.

It was a traffic stop that lead to the arrest of four individuals.

All were involved in a check fraud scam.

Officials say when they pulled over the suspects they found more than fifty-thousand dollars worth of checks in their car.

Officials say the suspects researched banks and nursing homes in the area... and then made counterfeit checks made out to them from the nursing homes.

Police say they also found evidence that the four people were planning to hit West Virginia as well as parts of Ohio.

Officials say the suspects put a lot of effort into this scam.

They even went as far as dressing up in scrubs and carrying medical instruments.

Officials tell us they are all from the Columbus, Ohio area.

• Veronica Young
• Robert D. Yuill
• Tonya Moore
• John E. Johnson

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