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Crafty Crook Cashing "Washed" Checks

on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 17:51

April 9, 2014

Crafty crook cashing “washed” checks

Southwest FloridaCrime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who’s been stealing checks out of mailboxes, then “washing” off the information and cashing them for his own personal gain.

The unknown male has been caught cashing several fraudulent checks at multiple banks in Collier County over the last few months.  The checks were all stolen after being placed in mailboxes, then clearly removed by the suspect or an accomplice.  The checks were then washed or altered, with payee names and dollar amounts changed.  It is believed that the suspect used stolen identities in order to successfully cash the checks without question.

While the suspect may be local, detectives believe he may also be coming back and forth to Collier County from the east coast.

“Although it’s not always convenient, the safest means to mail checks is at an official US Post Office blue mailbox,” said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. “Using personal or business mailboxes isn’t a guarantee that someone won’t steal your outgoing mail before it’s picked up by the mail carrier.  The best safeguard out there to ensure that you don’t become a victim of check fraud, is to take that extra step and mail checks at an official USPS mailbox.”

Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of this suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.  Tips may also be made online at or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.

Note:  Three surveillance photographs of the suspect are attached to this release.

For additional information, contact Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator, at 239-259-3298.




KennethS's picture

That was really happening nowadays.If that situation  will happen to me I would rather choose to have some credit in a secured agencies.However in terms of security, we should look for a good lending firm.For decades, credit worthiness has been determined by the credit reporting companies, which heretofore, had not been under as much scrutiny as other organizations of consumer finance. However, starting this fall, they run under supervision by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Get a  personal finance to fix your credit.