Check Bandits Arrested for Fraud
FORT MYERS, Fla.---The Lee County Sheriff Office received information of a Grand Theft to an elderly victim living in a nursing home.
The victim reported that she notice several discrepancies to her bank/trust fund account. Upon further inquiries the victim discovered having several blank checks taken from a checkbook from within her room.
Due to the nature of the incident the Economic Crimes Unit was assigned to investigate.
The crime spree began in February 2011 through June 2011 with a total of thirteen checks stolen and used by the thieves to pay for an array of their personal bills to include: rent, car payments and loans. In total the victim was defrauded out of $9,540.00 dollars.
The investigation revealed the visiting care taker had brought her child’s father to the victim where he assisted with some work inside the room. Ultimately, the child’s father, Omar Anderson, took the checks and with the assistance from the care taker’s mother, Juanita Cash, the checks were fraudulently written, uttered and cashed by Anderson and Cash.
Anderson and Cash have been charged with Fraud and Grand Theft charges and have been booked into the Lee County Jail.