FORT MYERS, Fla.- Everlena Smith has been added to the growing list of arrests in connection with the Lee County School District check fraud scandal. The 24-year-old was arrested Tuesday, while at least 15 have already been arrested for the same crime.
Smith faces charges of theft and passing a counterfeit check after allegedly cashing a counterfeit Lee County School District payroll check at a local Walmart.
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.