Former city employee accused of cashing counterfeit checks
Published 9:52 pm Wednesday, June 7, 2017
A former Selma city employee that is accused of reproducing and cashing city checks is wanted by the Selma Police Department.
Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier said the former male employee, who is in his 20s, worked in the recreation department.
My’Keisha Brown, 26, has already been arrested in connection to the case. She was taken into custody Tuesday night and charged with second-degree forgery. An arrest report from the Dallas County Jail shows Brown made bond for $15,000.
According to Collier, Brown and the male suspect got a cardstock check from the city and used it to reproduce at least three fake ones.
“It appears to be computer generated forgeries of city checks based off of a city account. It appears to be high quality with the exception being they were absent of the water mark,” Collier said Wednesday.
Collier said they were able to successfully cash at least two of the forged checks while a third attempt was interrupted. The checks were cashed at package stores in Selma. Collier said the first two checks were worth around $500 each, and the third one, which did not go through, was worth $1,300.
“I have concerns about the quality of the check that was used, which leads me to believe that the original copy came out of city property,” Collier said.
Collier said the forged checks were printed on high quality paper and were almost passable except for the water marks.
“When you go to copy it, even if you use a high copy copier or used a computer to redo it and reprint it, it is going to be difficult to get the perforated edge, but you’re definitely not going to get the water marks,” Collier said. “That’s built-in security.”
Collier said the investigation has led them to believe the two had an original legitimate check from the city that was tied to a city bank account at some point. The department is investigating where the original check came from.
The alleged forgery occurred after the male suspect was no longer employed with the city.
Collier said they were alerted by an employee at a package store where they allegedly attempted to cash a third check.
“After they were successful and returned to the same package store, at this point they became suspicious and notified us,” Collier said. “Through process of elimination at the city, we were able to identify where the original cardstock came from.”
Collier said the investigation is ongoing, and encourages the male suspect to turn himself in. His identity will be released once an arrest is made.