A Conyers man was among those swept up in a wide-spread check fraud operation in Tennessee by the Department of Justice on Wednesday.
According to a press release by the Eastern District of Tennesse, the following persons were arrested by U.S. Postal Agents and Knoxville police on Nov. 17: Larry Seymore, 49, Atlanta, Georgia; Leonardo Williams, 29, Atlanta, Georgia; Preston Franklin Adams, 31, Conyers, Georgia; Paul W. Durnell, 21, Maryville, Tenn.;George M. Eberline, 39, Knoxville, Tenn.; Gary A. Hawkins, 42, Knoxville, Tenn.; Stevie B. Isaacs, 24, Mountain City, Tenn.; Doris Marie Parker, 47, Knoxville, Tenn.; Thomas J. Ruchti, 51, Knoxville, Tenn.; and Wade Freeman Seeber, 23, Knoxville, Tenn.
All are charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud. More arrests are expected.
The investigations leading to the arrests were part of "Operation Check Fraud" by the Identity Theft Task Force for the Eastern District of Tennessee to crack down on fake and counterfeit checks. The perpetrators would reportedly recruit homeless individuals to cash fake or stolen checks for them.
If convicted each person can face up to 30 years in prison, up to $1,000,000 in fines and up to 5 years probation.