Pair arrested in elaborate fraud scam

Timothy Jones and Tydricka Lewis

December 21, 2011 6:34:41 AM PST
A pair in Durham have been arrested in connection with an elaborate fraud scam involving stolen checks.

Investigators said they received several reports from victims who said people claiming to need cash due to an emergency were approaching them. The suspects allegedly told them they needed to repair a broken-down car, pay for a room for the night or needed help with "personal issues."

The suspect told the victim that they have a check, but could not cash it for various reasons.

In some cases, the suspect was able to convince the victim to cash the check or deposit the check in the victim's account and give the suspect the money. However, the victim later found out that the check was stolen when the bank wanted the money returned.

Last week, police charged 22-year-old Timothy Jones and 22-year-old Tydricka Lewis - both of 1024 Kent Street - with common law forgery, common law uttering, identity theft, obtaining property by false pretenses and soliciting a felony.

Authorities say if a deal or money-making plan cannot wait for you to check it out, you should pass it up.

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