Polk sheriff’s office arrests two on fraudulent traveler’s checks
Published 10:00 pm Friday, March 10, 2017
COLUMBUS – The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested two South Carolina men recently on charges involving fraudulent traveler’s checks with one man also possessing fraudulent identifications.
Jonathan Harry, of 746 Snow Hill Rd., Hartsville, S.C. was arrested and charged with four counts of possession of a fraudulent identification, one count of felony possession of five or more counterfeit instruments and one count of felony conspiracy, according to sheriff reports.
Anthony Tyrone Johnson, of 701 Snow Hill Rd., Hartsville, S.C. was arrested and charged with felony possession of five or more counterfeit instruments and felony conspiracy, according to sheriff reports.
The arrests occurred on March 3 when the Polk County Sheriff’s Office PACE (Polk Aggressive Criminal Enforcement) Team observed a suspicious vehicle along Hwy. 108 in Columbus. Officers stopped the vehicle and after interviewing the occupants, discovered suspicious articles in the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. Officers discovered the occupants possessed fraudulent traveler’s checks and had redeemed the checks in various cities, including in Henderson, Rutherford and Cleveland counties as well as areas in South Carolina. Harry also possessed fraudulent identifications from various states along the eastern seaboard, states the sheriff report.
The sheriff’s office seized the counterfeit instruments and arrested both occupants of the vehicle. The sheriff’s office said the investigation is ongoing with officers working with multiple jurisdictions to identify the victims in this case.
Harry was still in custody at the Polk County Jail this week under a $120,000 secured bond.
Johnson was still in jail earlier this week under a $115,000 secured bond.