On February 5, 2014 the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Fraud call. The victim advised checks were written on his business account that he did not authorize. The checks had been duplicated from his account and the check numbers were higher in sequence than the checks that he had recently written. The checks were made out to three different subjects and were all cashed in person at a local bank. The checks’ lettering and font size were different than his checks but they did a duplicate of the victim’s signature and business logo on them. All three signatures on the checks were completely identical.
This case is very similar to cases from June of 2013 from Walton and Okaloosa County in which suspects enticed homeless subjects who had a valid form of identification and then drive them to the bank to cash the checks. In return they received a small portion of the cash. Most of the victims were Companies who had checks stolen from their mailboxes and recreated. The suspects were involved in a larger ring from the Atlanta, Georgia area and arrests were made on the case. During a search of the suspect’s hotel rooms, blank sheets of check paper, printers, and laptops used to produce the counterfeit checks were located and seized.
If you have any information on the above incident or have had similar incidents please contact Inv. Randy Brown with the Walton County Sheriff’s office at (850)-892-8186 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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*Information provided by the National Check Fraud Center