Police Arrest Grant Park Man in Alleged Check Fraud Scam
SunTrust Banks Inc. says it lost more than $14K in scheme.
EAST ATLANTA — Atlanta police arrested a 28-year-old man Grant Park on Feb. 28 in connection with an alleged check fraud and identity fraud scheme at SunTrust Banks Inc.'s East Atlanta branch.
Erkes Antwon Green is charged with:
- Deposit account fraud
- Check fraud
- Financial identity fraud
- Theft by receiving stolen property
Police caught him after linking him to a black, 2010 Mercedes-Benz E550 with tinted windows and chrome, five-spoke wheels.
Police gave the following account of Green's alleged scam:
Green opened several online bank accounts at SunTrust in December 2012 in the name of another man whose identity was stolen.
He then deposited one stolen check drawn against a Chase Bank account for $45,980 at the drive-through window of the East Atlanta Village SunTrust branch.
After that, he began to transfer the funds across his multiple accounts and then made a number of ATM withdrawals between Dec. 28, 2012 and Jan. 1, 2013.
SunTrust's loss in the scheme is $14,802.34.
The Mercedes-Benz was frequently seen in the Village and was often seen parked in the Enso Apartments in Grant Park.
Green, it turned out, was a renter of one of the renters there and the vehicle was purchased from a Florida using the stolen identity information of another man.
Investigators conducting a search of Green's apartment found a file cabinet with dossiers on more than a dozen people. Those files included their names, birthdays, Social Security numbers and other identifiers.
Police also found a number of expensive furniture pieces Green purchased from Restoration Hardware, using those stolen identities.