Franklin Co. Sheriff's Dept. warn public of counterfeit scam

Published: Jan. 12, 2016 at 7:52 PM CST
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FRANKLIN COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones and Franklin County Treasurer John Gulley are warning local vendors to be on the lookout for counterfeit Franklin County checks.

Gulley said he was contacted Monday, Jan. 11 by the manager of a Walmart store in the Chicagoland area.

"Apparently a customer had cashed two Franklin County payroll checks at the store, and the manager was suspicious," Gulley said. "The manager sent us pictures of the checks, and it was very evident that they were counterfeit. The only accurate information on the checks was the address of the courthouse. Everything else was faked. The check stock looked different than our check stock. They were written on a bank we don't use, and the person who signed the checks does not work for the county."

Gulley immediately notified Sheriff Don Jones and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department began an investigation.

Sheriff Jones said these type of fraud scams are not uncommon.

"That's why we advise businesses to be very wary of cashing checks for people they do not know," Jones said. "That's especially true if the person trying to cash the check is not from the local area."

While there have been no additional reports of counterfeit Franklin County payroll checks nor any reports of them locally, Jones and Gulley wish to warn local vendors to keep a close watch.

Authorities asks that if anyone sees somebody attempt to cash a Franklin County check and the check looks suspicious to please contact the Franklin County Treasurer's office at (618)-438-7311.

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