Reward offered by victim in fraudulent check cashing case

Published 11:19 pm Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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All Bright offers $5k reward for information leading to arrests

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office continues to seek assistance from the public in identifying three suspects who are persons of interest in a check cashing scheme that appears to be an elaborate operation spanning western North Carolina.

The owner of All Bright Sanitation, who is also a victim, is offering a reward of $5,000 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the three individuals.

The breaking and entering and larceny took place just outside of Columbus and involved the taking of blank checks. The suspects went into All Bright Sanitation some time during the past week and took about 50 blank checks and began attempting to use them at banks in Columbus, Hendersonville and Asheville, according to the sheriff’s office.

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The fraudulent checks were passed to bank tellers along with what appears to be a government issued fraudulent identification card in an effort to obtain money.

Through the passages of these checks the unidentified suspects were able to obtain more than $20,000 in cash before a bank teller found it to be suspicious and alerted supervisors who placed a hold on the account notifying the customer and law enforcement.

The sheriff’s office wants to encourage banks and retailers to be aware and observant of suspicious transactions through the use of credit cards and checks. Anyone who has any information or can identify either of the suspects is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at -828-894-3001.

– article submitted by Polk County Sheriff’s Office