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DCPD: Plan to cash bogus checks fails; three jailed

Larry Donnell Oliver Jr.

Larry Donnell Oliver Jr.

ALBANY, Ga. — A scam set up to cash fake checks resulted in three people being jailed and a fourth going on the run, a Dougherty County Police Department report stated.

Apparently someone forgot to let a relative in on the plan and it unraveled from there, police Sgt. Chad Kirkpatrick said.

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Naomi Cassandra Johnson

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Bennie Hunter Jr.

Naomi Cassandra Johnson, Bennie Hunter Jr. and Larry Donnell Oliver Jr. were arrested on check forgery charges, Kirkpatrick said. Police continue to look for Sherriell Mansfield in connection with the case, he added.

“On Dec. 7 Denzell Brown reported his wallet with his I.D. stolen,” Kirkpatrick said. “About that time he reported getting a letter from Publix that he owed them $826.37 for a check he cashed that wasn’t any good.”

Brown said he didn’t cash any check from Southeastern Commercial Tire and Recapping at the supermarket, Kirkpatrick said. Brown didn’t even see the check, although it had his name on it, Kirkpatrick added.

According to Kirkpatrick, a video check and investigation showed that Brown’s uncle Bennie Hunter Jr. cashed the check. The check led back not only to Hunter, but to Johnson, Oliver and Mansfield.

The four had been printing forged checks with the tire company’s name and a bank routing number from First Community Bank, Kirkpatrick said. As part of the scam, they sent the checks out to people on a client list Johnson had from her Pro’s Tax Service, he added.

“They even sent checks to family and themselves,” Kirkpatrick said. “I guess they did that so they could claim they were victims, too.”

The ill conceived plan, Kirkpatrick said, was to take the checks they received and cash them, while others cashed checks and cut them in on the proceeds. People who didn’t know about the ruse were left to fend for themselves, he added.

Instead of cashing the checks, people began to complain to the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office that the checks were bogus. When nephew Brown complained about his stolen wallet and the false claim that he cashed a check, two plus two came together, authorities said.

On Dec. 12, officers executed a search warrant at Johnson’s residence at 921 B Willow Wood Drive, also the office of her tax business, Kirkpatrick said. Investigators seized a computer and printer capable of printing the checks, along with other evidence.

Anyone with additional information should call investigations at (229) 430-6600 or Crime Stoppers at (229) 436-TIPS (8477). The Spanish language APD-COP Tip Line is (229) 434-2677.

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agirl_25 1 year, 4 months ago

Gotta love dumb crooks.....years ago when you could pick up cell phone calls on those 800 mghz scanners we had some EMT's who would set around and listen for laughs. One night they heard some kid who worked at one of the "big box" stores call a friend and tell him he found a purse that some "old lady" had lost and he wanted the friend to claim it at Lost and Found and say it was his Grandma's. He gave him the name and address of the owner and told him to call and say the lady was upset because she had lost her purse and it had a large amount of money it in (which it did and the crooks were going to split it when the boy claimed it). The EMT decided to call the store Manager and tell him what he had heard and at first the manager thought it was a joke but had him call back at the hospital and confirm we were on the up and up. Sure enough about 15 minutes later in comes a kid asking about his "Grandma's pocketbook" and there was a deputy from the Sheriff's department, asking questions. Of course all he could do was scare the pee out of the kid, entrapment you know, but I am sure the kid learned a very valuable lesson that day. Damn the digital age...all our fun was gone....

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 4 months ago

If these dumb A$$ES would just put out HALF the effort they put into gettting something for nothing, they could get a real job, get real money, and get real self-respect.

I guess that's just not interesting enough for them. Plus I reckon they think everybody else OWES it to them. So when they get caught, their homeez just get on here and attack "the system".

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