Altered Checks Case Foiled ByCU

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MOBILE, Ala. - (09/03/04) -- Four Georgia men were charged thisweek with hiring two local women to deposit altered checks worthabout $300,000 on two local financial institutions, includingUniversity FCU. The scheme was interrupted when a credit unionofficial notified authorities about suspicious activity in anaccount that had been previously overdrawn. The credit unionmanager put a 10-day hold on the $174,200.50 check on August 16 andnotified the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, which began a two-weekinvestigation. The suspects, who are currently in custody, met thetwo women at a local nightclub and offered to pay them $20,000 and$15,000 to deposit altered checks into their personal accounts.They were able to draw two checks for a total of $98,000 fromAmsouth Bank and had deposited another altered check for $124,893in the same account. The suspects were identified as Truvoris Fair,23, of Duluth; Melvin Pearse, 29, of Stone Mountain; Adrian Okakpu,of Roswell; and Stanley Ragin, 21, of Lathonia.

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