It first appeared last October as a blip in a checking account that had seen little activity. Account officers at Wilmington National Trust in Delaware made inquiries about the dozens of checks for $2,000 and $3,000 that suddenly started appearing in Patricia Ann Matthews' account, all written by William M. Cash.

The episode climaxed five months later, when Delaware state troopers beat down the door of a husband and wife team they believe are responsible for defrauding countless banks from Florida to Nevada to Connecticut, forging the identities of hundreds of people, and obtaining hundreds of fraudulent credit cards. At the time of the arrest, the couple was busy burning illicit cards and documents in a bathroom.

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