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12 charged in fraudulent payroll check-cashing scheme

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 8:07 am

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of 12 people allegedly involved in a fraudulent payroll check-cashing scheme that netted thousands of dollars from June through September.

Among those charged, according to court documents, are:

*Anthony R. Moore, 50, 1000 block of West Washington Blvd.

*Nathaniel W. Dickey, 57, 1200 block of W. Creighton Ave.

*Brenda M. Jones, 47, 7900 block Decatur Road

*Preonda M. Jones, 49, 7900 Decatur Road

*Travis Michael Bloom, 22, 7600 block of Bojrab Drive

*Adel Lois Buelow, 22, 1700 block of Hillside Avenue

*Nigel Ashton Brown, 22, 3100 block of Vance Avenue

*Angela Marie Fett, 40, of 300 block of Plaza Drive, Columbia City

Investigators said the defendants comprise an associated group that has engaged in at least two incidents of racketeering activity, in this case, theft by stealing payroll account information from Bane and Associates, Tower Staffing, and Master Spas. They then used this information to generate fraudulent payroll checks and were cashed at various merchant locations throughout Fort Wayne, according to court documents.

Each member of the group has been chargedwith the crime of corrupt business influence, a class C felony. Dickey, Moore, Brenda Jones, Preonda Jones, Buelow and Brown, also have been charged with theft, a class D felony.

According to court documents, the stores where the fraudulent checks were cashed were Kroger's, Walmart and Save-a-lot. The total amount of each check was sometimes as low as $468.72, but was typically in the high $490's. The amount of the check would then be split among the individuals who went to cash that check on that day.