99 charged for allegedly cashing fake State of Tennessee checks

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — At least 50 of 99 suspects are in custody on forgery and identity theft charges, following a check cashing conspiracy.

The Tennessee High Patrol, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, State Department of Safety and Homeland Security, and District Attorney General’s Office announced the arrests and outstanding warrants Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers and deputies began making the arrests at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The Tennessee Department of Treasury alerted the Department of Safety and Homeland Security’s Identity Crimes Unit about bad checks with the same state account number.

Each check was about $300 and was cashed at a Memphis area Wal-Mart. The checks totaled $41,208.

The state never lost any money, because the Federal Reserve stopped payment.

Officials couldn’t release the names or relationships of the suspects, but said there were ringleaders who gathered accomplices to cash the checks.

Some of the checks had the suspects’ real names on them while others did not.

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