Deputies: 7 arrested, 16 sought in bank fraud and forgery crimes

Richland County Sheriff's Department arrested seven people and searching for 16 more they say are responsible for credit card fraud, identification theft involving loans and utility service, and check fraud.

According to Sheriff Leon Lott, at the beginning of this year he initiated a formalized Financial Crimes Unit that actively pursues scam artist who prey on and target citizens.

The unit is actively working to identify those responsible and is requesting the community's assistance in identifying, and locating suspects wanted for bank fraud and forgery.