COVINGTON, Ga. – Investigators with the Covington Police Department (CPD) are trying to figure out who is responsible for passing fraudulent checks with the Newton County Board of Education’s (BOE) account number at banks around the Atlanta area.
According to a CPD incident report, an officer responded to the BOE office on Newton Drive May 30 in reference to a report of the checks. According to the report, a BOE employee told the officer that over the last week, somebody had been trying to cash fake BOE checks. The checks reportedly have the correct account number, but the wrong check numbers.
CPD has copies of some of the checks that were reportedly cashed at Bank of America branches and sent to the BOE’s bank to be paid. One check was reportedly deposited at a Walmart store.
According to the report, a BOE employee checks the account every morning to make sure that all of the checks are valid. In this case, the checks were not valid and were sent back. According to the report, no money was taken from the BOE account.
CPD spokesman Allan Seebaran told The Covington News there were no checks stolen. He said neither CPD, or the BOE knows how the account number was obtained, nor where the fraudulent checks were created.