Fact Finders have uncovered a major check forgery scheme in the metro. A Sarpy county businessman says his account is the target
A phony check cashed at four aces may be the wild card in a busting a sophisticated forgery ring. Randy Conrad/Four Aces convenient store owner says, "We got a picture of him putting his finger print on it so we know who he is."
The forged check is one of nine cashed so far on the account of Royal Forwarding Inc, which shocks owner Norm Riffel. The forgery victim says, "These were all canceled checks paid to people before. Now they're being presented to our bank for payment again"
The canceled checks from 2008 stolen and altered to look like payroll checks. Riffel says the canceled checks have been in a box among hundred of boxes taken to a commercial disposal company that has far bigger shredders than ours and tight security. It’s investigating but at this point we can’t say that's where the check has been stolen from so we won't name that shredding company.
But Riffel wants merchants to know Royal Forwarding payroll checks without the logo are phony. Riffel says, "I think this is a very sophisticated process they've gone through."
Riffel’s bank won't honor the phony checks so merchants who cash them lose t money. Randy Conrad the Four Aces owner says, " It’s right out of my back pocket yep and I don't have anyway to re-coupe that at all. So we have to be real diligent on how we handle them."
The casher of one phony payroll check walks away with nearly five hundred dollars. But id, fingerprint and video from four aces may help investigators hit the jackpot in busting a check forging scheme.
Most of the suspects provided addresses and driver's license numbers to merchants when cashing the phony checks. Nearly all the amounts are just under five hundred dollars.