An extensive four month investigation conducted by the WFPD Financial Crimes Unit led to the arrest of Michelle Scott and others in an ongoing scheme involving forged Wichita County payroll checks. Several other local businesses and their identifying information were also targeted for the purpose of committing fraud by check.
The investigation of Michelle Scott is related to the arrest and/or pending arrest of at least five other persons on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity-forgery.
Sgt. John Spragins says financial crimes are a growing problem for local investigators. "Unfortunately financial crimes is the big big thing. those guys are tremendously overloaded trying to track these things down. Very complicates cases, a lot of search warrants involved. They spend a lot of hours in this case in order to put it together."
Officers recovered equipment related to the check fraud scheme to include multiple computers, software, check stock, printer and record files containing the identifying information of the victims.
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