Sheriff: Seven arrested in check cashing scheme

Published: Jan. 17, 2015 at 12:07 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 27, 2015 at 12:50 AM EST
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SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is warning area businesses that cash payroll checks to be on alert after arresting a group of seven, six Columbia-area and one Sumter-area residents attempting to pass fraudulent checks at a Sumter County business late Friday afternoon

Deputies say they group attempted to pass the fake payroll checks, supposedly drawn from a Manning-based company, Q&J Services.

The checks were written for between $400 and $600, investigators believe it is possible that these checks are part of a larger organized effort to pass fraudulent checks throughout Sumter and surrounding counties.Investigators also believe those participating in the scheme were actively recruiting other people to help assist in the scam.

“It's important to remind businesses that they need to make sure they take every effort to confirm that both a check and the person attempting to cash them are legitimate before handing over any cash,” said Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis.

James A Williams, 28, Khadijah Shambreale Caldwell, 20, Shatavia Janay Flowers, 18, Makala Andrea Greene, 22, Ahlecea Lavern McKnight, 20, Gabrielle Deshanda Rashell Jones, 24, and Antwaun Jamal Harry Crosby, 21 have been charged with a single count of forgery, and are being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

If anyone has any information into this fraudulent scheme, they are asked to contact either the Sumter County Sheriff's Office at (803) 436-2700, or Crime Stoppers at (803) 436-2718.

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