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Tulsa Police seeing "steady" check counterfeiting


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Story by: Janai Norman
Updated: 8/30/2013 5:57 am Published: 8/29/2013 11:36 am


Tulsa Police are asking for your help identifying this man they say counterfeited two business checks causing a loss of more than $20,000.

Officers work with other agencies to track down suspects like this latest wanted man. This time they’re working with Wichita Police, where the checks were cashed. But it’s something FOX23 News found out is happening right here in Tulsa.

Financial Crimes Detective Matthias Wicks describes saying, “They’re steady. Counterfeit checking and forged checking is steady.”

We found out right now detectives are working open counterfeit cases.

In this latest case out of Wichita we found out the suspect, who may have ties to Tulsa, cashed checks worth $23,000. FOX23 found out there are usually measures in place to prevent this.

“They’re going to call the bank and or account holder to verify if this is a legitimate check.”

But when the bank called the business to verify, the call was re-routed to co-conspirators who approved the counterfeit checks.

And technology is making the crimes more advanced and the checks look more real.

Detective Wicks say, “It’s scary when a business owner, the account holder says ‘that looks just like our checks.’”

We went looking on the TPD’s Facebook page and found other recent cases of counterfeit checks and forgery. And we discovered sometimes they can get you without even using real information.

“What people are doing is trying to get a hold of an account number or make up an account number, perhaps mix it with someone’s name and try to cash it.”

And sometimes you may not know until it’s too late.

“You have to verify your account,” Wicks recommends.  “Always stay up on the technology of knowing your account.”

You can protect yourself as Detective Wicks says by checking your checks, and having a close relationship with your bank like getting notifications anytime a check is cashed or a big sum of money is withdrawn.

If you recognize the man in the picture, you’re asked to call police at 918-596-COPS.

 


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