Seven Arrested In Traveling Fraud Scheme [GALLERY]

By: Tallahassee Police Deparment Email
By: Tallahassee Police Deparment Email

Press Release: Tallahassee Police Department

Members of the Tallahassee Police Department’s Property Crimes Unit and Target Enforcement Squad arrested seven suspects involved in an ongoing traveling fraud scheme.

The suspects have ties to Tampa- FL, Hillsborough County- FL, and Clearwater- FL. They traveled to Tallahassee with the intent to defraud banks and local businesses while passing counterfeit payroll checks.

The suspects were apprehended passing a counterfeit payroll check at a local financial institution. Pursuant to the arrests, Investigators seized counterfeit checks, monetary funds, illegal narcotics, and items used to produce counterfeit checks.

Also recovered was evidence of additional financial crimes being actively investigated.

Arrestees/Charges

Tavaris Kirk: Grand Theft, Bank Fraud, and Organized Scheme to Defraud under $20,000

Vernon Hobbs: Grand Theft, Bank Fraud, Organized Scheme to Defraud under $20,000, and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked with Knowledge (Warrant).

Patrick Davis: Organized Scheme to Defraud under $20,000, Possession of Marijuana Over 20 grams, Possession of Narcotics Equipment, Providing False Name to Law Enforcement, Violation of Probation (Warrant), Driving While License Suspended or Revoked with Knowledge (Warrant), Possession of Marijuana under 20 grams (Warrant).

Reginald Ricks: Organized Scheme to Defraud under $20,000, Violation of Probation, Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams, and Possession of Narcotics Equipment.

Kareem Kirk: Organized Scheme to Defraud under $20,000, Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams, and Possession of Narcotics Equipment.

William Stewart: Possession of a Counterfeit Payment Instrument, Uttering, Grand Theft, Bank Fraud, and Organized Scheme to Defraud under $20,000

Shanay Williams: Possession of a Counterfeit Payment Instrument (2 Counts), Grand Theft, Bank Fraud, Organized Scheme to Defraud under $20,000, and Violation of Probation.


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