Watch for fake payroll checks

By | September 29, 2008 12:00 am

Bogus checks. This is a copy of the actual check that was used to get groceries and cash.

    Sparta Police Chief Jeff Guth is warning anyone who cashes payroll checks to be on the lookout for fake checks that have been passed off as the real thing at several establishments around town.
    On Sept. 19, two black females and one black male purchased groceries at Floyd’s Cash Saver Foods. One of the females presented what appeared to be a legitimate check. The cashier processed the payment. However, the check was later discovered to be fake.
Then, according to Guth, the other female and the male presented their own checks to be cashed. But the cashier refused because of the limited cash amount on hand.
The cashier reportedly felt “something was just not right” and attempted to verify the checks’ validity with the issuing bank. The bank reported there was no such account.
The subjects were last seen driving a silver Jeep Cherokee with Georgia plates heading toward Ben Lomand Drive.
Guth said the business upon whose bank the fake checks were issued was a valid area business, but that’s where the validity ended.
“They’ve just come in here and they’ve picked out a name,” said Jeff Guth. “They’re making their own routing numbers and banking numbers. But those numbers don’t exist.”
Allen Selby, who is in charge of the investigation, stated other establishments had also been hit by the scam. Information from the public is being sought about this crime.
Police also need information about an alleged theft of service that occurred Sept. 22 in the service department of Wal-Mart.
At approximately 5:12 p.m. that day, a male subject driving a 1997 black Nissan Altima, with temporary tags bearing an expiration date of Oct. 22, 2008, reportedly brought the vehicle in for an oil change and four tires.
According to Guth, the service department was unable to change the tires, but they did change the oil. At approximately 7:03 p.m., the owner of the vehicle reportedly came back and picked the vehicle up, using a spare set of keys. The owner reportedly drove off without paying for the service, but left the other set of keys with the service department.
Guth stated there were also several burglaries the department is investigating. He asks anyone with any information on any of these crimes contact Sparta Police at 836-3734.

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