30 men cash $10,000 in fake checks

Police say this surveillance photo shows a long line of men who came into the BB&T bank in Benson August 13 and cashed fake checks from a local construction company. (Image courtesy Benson Police Department/Mickey Lamm - WTSB Radio)

August 26, 2010 7:51:27 AM PDT
Police need the public's help solving an unusual counterfeit check cashing scheme.

Detectives say on August 13, a large group of men came into the BB&T bank on East Main Street and cashed what appeared to be legitimate payroll checks from Country Construction Corporation - a local business.

Surveillance photos show a long line of men stretching out the door of the bank. Police say about 28 checks were cashed.

"We’ve seen counterfeit checks cashed before, but never by a group going in at one time," Benson Police Lt. Greg Percy said. "Obviously, they’re not camera shy."

The men apparently timed their appearance to coincide with the lunch hour when most of the bank's tellers were on their lunch break. The police report says the two remaining tellers assumed the construction company made some new hires for a big job, but got suspicious when the last few men in the line ran off.

Bank officials called Country Construction and were told the checks were fake.

In all, the men got away with more than $10,000.

Detectives said the fake checks were high quality with all the correct security marks and routing numbers.

A similar crime happened at a BB&T in Princeton, NC - west of Goldsboro - earlier this year. In that case, the men had fake checks from a local landscaper.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Benson Police Department at (919) 894-2091. A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

With information from Mickey Lamm/WTSB Radio

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