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VIDEO: Two arrested in Albany money-changing scam

Albany police: Scammers attempt to confuse clerks into making costly mistakes

APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said that the woman in the video, Omarro Buckhalter, 36, of Lithonia, and the male, Kumneger Balehier, 37, also from Lithonia, were being transported to the Dougherty County jail from Worth County on Wednesday. Warrants for one count of theft by deception have been issued against each.


Police made an arrest after this video was made public.

Police made an arrest after this video was made public.

ALBANY — Officials at the Albany Police Department are warning businesses of a classic money-changing scam aimed at confusing clerks into making costly mistakes. Sgt. John Seagroves, supervisor with the Uniform Division, said at least one case of the scam has been recorded on videotape, with the suspects later identified and charged.

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APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said that the woman in the video, Omarro Buckhalter, 36, of Lithonia, and the male, Kumneger Balehier, 37, also from Lithonia, were being transported to the Dougherty County jail from Worth County on Wednesday. Warrants for one count of theft by deception have been issued against each.

APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said that the woman in the video, Omarro Buckhalter, 36, of Lithonia, and the male, Kumneger Balehier, 37, also from Lithonia, were being transported to the Dougherty County jail from Worth County on Wednesday. Warrants for one count of theft by deception have been issued against each.

“It’s an old scheme that’s been around for years,” Seagroves said. “Especially with the holiday season coming on and a lot of retail traffic in the stores, we’re asking them to be aware and to look out for what’s going on.”

Seagroves said that a busy clerk is typically approached by a person asking to change a large bill, usually $100. The perpetrator then changes his mind six or seven times, asking for different bills each time. In the meantime, an accomplice enters the scene to make things even more confusing for the clerk.

“Often times, the criminal will get his bill back, plus the change and the merchandise he selected,” Seagroves said.

APD spokeswoman Phyllis Banks said Wednesday that the woman in the video, Omarro Buckhalter, 36, of Lithonia, and the male, Kumneger Balehier, 37, also from Lithonia, were being transported to the Dougherty County jail from Worth County. Warrants for one count of theft by deception have been issued against each of the suspects, Banks said. They were arrested Wednesday.