LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help identifying at least one woman believed to be
involved in a series of crimes where fraudulent checks are deposited into a collection of different bank accounts, then withdrawn before the banks realize the checks were nothing more than fakes.
Detectives say the activity within this particular group of thieves has been on-going since October 2010 - with accounts opened and used for the fraudulent activity in both Lee and Collier Counties. In each documented instance, a legitimate bank account is opened.
Shortly thereafter, deposits ranging from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars were made, then quickly withdrawn. Before the banks received word back from other lending institutions that the checks were either from closed accounts or "unable to locate," the thieves had already made off with the cash and seemingly gotten away with their crimes.
In almost every instance, the same woman is caught on surveillance cameras making the deposits. A photo of that suspect is being released, in hopes of linking a name with the face, and the location of she and her co-conspirators. Detectives believe there are at least 6-7 other individuals linked with the series of crimes. To date, the troupe has
scammed local banks out of just over $15,000.
Anyone with information on the woman in the attached photo is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or through the TipSubmit app on any iPhone.