Tulsa police investigate check fraud ring

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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 1/23 6:08 pm Published: 1/23 4:06 pm

Tulsa police are working to identify nearly 100 victims in a check fraud ring.

FOX23 cameras were rolling as Tulsa police made several arrests at the Tulsa Inn and Suites Motel near 26th and Memorial streets in east Tulsa on Wednesday night.

Detectives are still combing through hundreds of pieces of evidence.

So far they've identified 87 victims, but say there could be more and believe some of them are from that south Tulsa neighborhood

“You see six mailboxes open in a row, then you have an idea that something's not right,” said Des Bennet.

Bennett is secretary of the Legacy Park Homeowner's Association, a neighborhood police warn could have been hit by this check fraud ring, and where neighbors have noticed strange activity.

“I talked to Charlie and he said he had seen a lot of mail boxes open in the last week or so, but you don't think much about it,” said Bennett.

FOX23 got an email sent from one resident saying they've noticed many mail boxes left open, -- “too many to be a coincidence.”

Bennett said one night in her mailbox; she got an even bigger surprise.

“When I came home at night to get my mail, I noticed there wasn't any in there, and I thought that was very odd, but I thought I was just fortunate to not have to go through junk mail, so I just closed the lid and went in, thinking ‘lucky day,’” she said.

But it could end up being quite unlucky.

Financial crimes detectives are still going through hundreds of pieces of evidence; everything from checks, to Social Security cards, driver's licenses to employment applications.

Police need to figure out who all of the victims are, and then start notifying them. Bennett worries she may be one.

“I'm concerned; I'm like, ‘What was in there that day that they could've taken?’” said Bennett.

Detectives are cracking down on financial crimes with a zero tolerance policy, and say if you've seen any suspicious activity report it.

Detectives say most of the 87 victims they've already identified probably don't even know they're victims. They urge anyone that could be at risk to check their accounts.

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Jimmy - 2/1/2014 8:38 PM
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Wow I can't believe this

corileered - 1/24/2014 6:10 AM
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There was a story on the new tonight about another check fraud/mail theft ring busted in Tulsa. I wonder if there was any connection to the ring that was busted in december? That case went to court today. Do you ever follow up on these stories?
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