Has a nationwide counterfeit check cashing ring hit the metro? Police are investigating the possibility after the suspects tried to recruit members.
On September 24th police were called to Pinnacle Bank near 132nd and Dodge, after someone tried to deposit a counterfeit check. When they arrived, Alan Gibbs, the man who tried to cash the check, told police what happened.
He said he was walking down the street when a man approached him and asked if he wanted to make money. He said yes and got into a red Nissan car.
Gibbs says they drove around town and stopped at the Motel 6 at 330 N. 30th street. They stopped for 10 to 15 minutes before they left and headed to 132 and Dodge. Next, he told police they met up with a person in a white jeep, who gave them counterfeit checks written out to Gibbs.
He took them inside Pinnacle Bank and tried to cash a $2900 check. When the clerk realized they weren’t real, Gibbs tried to leave but found that the suspects left the scene.
Gibbs told police he knew it wasn’t a legit check but he decided to try it anyway because he needed money. He then told police about the Motel 6 stop. Later that evening police found a red Nissan car parked in the Motel 6 parking lot. Two men were inside the car, Octavius Peace and Demario Warner.
Peace admitted to renting a hotel room at Motel 6 and gave police verbal permission to search the room. They found a cell phone and a shredded check that matched the numbers of the counterfeit check Gibbs tried to cash.
In all, four men were arrested, charged with forgery. The affidavit says that Peace gave investigators details about the counterfeit cashing scheme. He said he had been instructed to recruit check cashiers by a man only referred to as "Quick". He also admitted to only communicating with the man via the cell phone that is now in the hands of police.