Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says his department has identified more than 90 suspects in a broad banking fraud scheme in the Midlands.
RCSD's Financial Crimes unit launched an investigation during the summer of 2012, after investigators were called to a TD Bank branch in the Midlands regarding fraud. They then discovered connections to two other Midlands area banks.
The Sheriff stated that several "ring leaders" had been identified, all suspected of recruiting students, single parents, homeless people, and former criminals to participate.
According to Investigators, the individuals would visit a branch of TD Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, and Woodforest Bank, where the recruited individual would open a checking account.
After opening, the 'ring leader' or recruiter would pay the person who opened the account in exchange for the ATM Debit card and pin.
Once the cards were turned over, the suspects would deposit fraudulent checks into the ATMs, and use the debit cards at local businesses before the bank had processed the checks.
Investigators arrested 40 people in May of 2013 in connection to the TD Bank fraud incidents, but the incidents allegedly continued, affecting the Wells Fargo and Woodforest Banks.
The Financial Crimes unit continued to investigate the incidents, identifying an additional 53 suspects involved.
Recently investigators were able to arrest 9 of the suspects involved. Listed, with charges:
- Courtney Blair, 24, 2 counts bank fraud, 2 counts forgery
- Katrelle Breland, 24, 2 counts bank fraud, 2 counts forgery
- Whitney Green, 32, 3 counts forgery, conspiracy, bank fraud
- Lorenzo Young, 19, murder, burglary, bank fraud
- Terry Daniels, 24, 5 counts forgery, 4 counts bank fraud
- Rachade Boulware, 19, 5 counts bank fraud, forgery, conspiracy, burglary, trespassing, receiving stolen property, 3 counts probation violation, failure to stop
- Ashley Turner, 25, bank fraud
- Mary Weaver, 20, bank fraud
- Rodney Glover, 22, bank fraud
RCSD Investigators continue to seek 42 others involved.
- Robert Anderson, 26
- Jessica Blake, 25
- Keith Borden, 29
- Rachade Boulware, 20
- Jordan Boyd, 19
- Lesley Coleman, 29
- Edmond Douglas, 32
- Yotorri Dunlap, 22
- Demetris Fuller, 30
- Lamonttae Hammond 19
- Willie Hampton, 21
- Jullanar Hibbler, 28
- Brittany Holmes, 27
- Alexis Johnson, 27
- Steven Johnson 24
- Marquavious Jones, 24
- Tasha Jones, 21
- Lajuan Lewis, 22
- Gregory Lide, 24
- Dionna Moore, 20
- Emmanuel Okoye, 22
- Richard Patterson, 25
- Braxton Pearsons, 20
- James Randolph, 31
- Donquarius Richarson, 19
- Saquan Richardson, 19
- Alexis Rivers, 20
- Ladaiza Roberts, 18
- Iesha Robinson, 22
- Miranda Sales, 22
- Darryl Samuel, 20
- Labrittney Sease, 27
- Taeshaun Singletary, 22
- Ronnie Stone, 24
- Candace Sweat, 29
- Hakeem Tucker, 20
- Ashley Turner, 25
- Mary Weaver, 20
- Karl West, 20
- Remon West, 28
- Marcus Williams, 41
- Patrick Williams, 26
The RCSD Financial Crimes unit, along with Sheriff Lott, are asking for the public's assistance in locating those listed above, and help identify all responsible for victimizing area residents and businesses.
If you know of recent fraudulent activities, or can provide the location information of any listed above, you are asked to contact:
E-mail a tip in at www.midlandscrimestoppers.com.
Text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.