LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Two additional arrests have been made in an ongoing Lee County School District check fraud investigation. There are several people facing charges for passing similar counterfeit payroll checks.
Andra Joyner, 23, and Hendry Epps, 25, were apprehended on Tuesday and are facing charges of fraud and grand theft after cashing checks for $1,853.23 and $1,735.12, respectively.
The two are now among Shanice Anderson, 18, Tabish Bellot, 24, Diana Thar, 46, Roshonda Franklin, 20, Ebony Powell, 23, and Tina Groff, 27, who are all accused of uttering the counterfeit checks.
The investigation began in April when it was revealed that several subjects uttered counterfeit checks at various businesses in Lee County using the school district's payroll bank account number.
After obtaining certified copies of the counterfeit checks, it was determined that the checks were similar to the School District's authentic checks, although the names on the counterfeit checks were not names of Lee County School District employees.
As in the previous arrests, the suspects were identified through video surveillance and used their real identities on the counterfeit checks.