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Police uncover scheme to steal from bank, 4 arrested

Barbara Elaine Blackwell (Source: Sumter Police Department) Barbara Elaine Blackwell (Source: Sumter Police Department)
Jessica Lasha Cooper (Source: Sumter Police Department) Jessica Lasha Cooper (Source: Sumter Police Department)
Kenyetta Renee Jenkins (Source: Sumter Police Department) Kenyetta Renee Jenkins (Source: Sumter Police Department)
Marnithia Chendrell Martin (Source: Sumter Police Department) Marnithia Chendrell Martin (Source: Sumter Police Department)

SUMTER, SC (WIS) - Sumter police have arrested four people they say devised a scheme to steal money from Wachovia Bank.

Police say Barbara Blackwell, 27, Jessica Cooper, 26, Kenyetta Jenkins, 24, and Marnithia Martin, 27, all conspired to steal over $3,000 from Wachovia. All four women have been charged with Bank Fraud and Conspiracy.                             

An investigation into stolen debit/credit cards revealed that Blackwell, Cooper, Jenkins, Martin and others worked together to steal money from the bank, according to police.

Detectives say the suspects opened accounts at Wachovia banks and then reported their debit/credit cards lost and that money had been deposited and withdrawn from their accounts without their knowledge or consent.  

Investigators determined that the suspects opened the bank accounts and deposited funds into the accounts using checks from closed accounts.

The suspects would then use the debit/credit cards to withdraw money from an ATM or make purchases at retail stores and use the cash back option until all the funds had been withdrawn from the account, according to investigators.  

Additional arrests are expected as other accounts and suspects are identified.

The Sumter Police Department, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Secret Service are all working together to investigate.

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