Four arrested in scheme to cash stolen checks
Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.
Alachua County sheriff's deputies arrested several men Wednesday who they say tried unsuccessfully to cash stolen checks at Gainesville banks.
Three of the men are from Louisiana and one from Palm Coast, and authorities say they came to Gainesville to try to cash checks stolen from a Palatka company.
Sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey said the case is the latest in a number of forgery or technology-related crimes, including the use of credit card skimmers to get numbers for fraudulent use.
“We've had a lot of the skimmers, and a lot of forged bills lately -- a lot of Internet crime going on lately,” Forgey said.
Arrested were Kenneth J. Kohanski, 42, of Palm Coast; and Dewayne H. Joseph, 32, Denzel M. Stanley, 25, and Loron T. Stanley, 29, all of Louisiana.
The Sheriff's Office reported that Kohanski was approached in Daytona Beach by the others and asked if he wanted to make some money.
Kohanski agreed, and they went to a Walmart in Daytona Beach to buy him some new clothes. Then they came to Gainesville, where Kohanski tried to cash checks given to him by the others at several Capital City banks.
Each of the banks refused to cash the checks, citing an insufficient signature and similar suspicions, ASO reported. At the last one, at 14009 Newberry Road, the teller stalled until deputies could arrive.
The manager at the fourth bank told deputies that the bank had been in contact with the business on the checks, Palatka Memorial Service, and learned that they had been stolen.
As Kohanski was being arrested, he told authorities about the other men and gave them a tag number for the car. Loron Stanley was spotted by the car in a McDonald's restaurant at 14124 Newberry Road. The other men were found at a nearby convenience store.
Kohanski identified the three as his partners, Forgey said.
Kohanski and Denzel Stanley were arrested on charges of uttering a forged check and scheming to defraud. Loron Stanley was arrested on charges of uttering a forged check, scheming to defraud and obstruction without violence. Joseph was arrested on charges of uttering a forged check, scheming to defraud and forgery.