LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A WINK News investigation one year in the making. It's called Operation School Detention. More than 30 people arrested for cashing bogus checks with the name of the Lee County School District on them. Now law enforcement is close to arresting everyone involved.
As of Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 39 people have been arrested amounting to more than $60,000 in bogus checks and Fort Myers police told WINK News they have one arrest left.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office Economic Crimes Unit told WINK News, Rhonda Moore is the most recent arrest. She is accused of grand theft and fraud. Investigators said she cashed a check that wasn't written by the Lee County School District. Moore will have an arraignment on the charges in April.
This case started in April 2012 and then law enforcement announced the arrest of 30 in July 2012 as part of Operation School Detention. The Lee County School District told WINK News despite the checks having their name on them, they aren't out a dime. A fraud alert was placed on their account right away.
The Fort Myers Police Department told WINK News they have an active warrant out for the arrest of Tenish Ruffin in connection to this case. The Lee County Sheriff's Office said they've arrested everyone they've been investigating.
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June 21, 2012 - WINK News Investigation: District connections in check scam
May 23, 2012 - More school district check fraud suspects surface