Thursday, June 20 2013 9:22 AM EDT2013-06-20 13:22:56 GMT
A man who police say severely beat a Moultrie woman last April is back in jail in south Georgia after he was arrested in Florida. Moultrie Police tell us Iva Lee Worthy, Junior is in the Colquitt CountyMore >>
Iva Lee Worthy, Junior is in the Colquitt County Jail. He's accused of beating Linda Sue Kreigbaum so badly, she had to placed in a medically induced coma.More >>
Thursday, June 20 2013 9:15 AM EDT2013-06-20 13:15:45 GMT
The Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigations Bureau is holding a news conference at the Law Enforcement Center regarding several cases the Albany Police Department has handled with counterfeitMore >>
The Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigations Bureau is holding a news conference at the Law Enforcement Center regarding several cases the Albany Police Department has handled with counterfeit bills being passed at several Albany stores just in the last two weeks.More >>
Thursday, June 20 2013 8:45 AM EDT2013-06-20 12:45:10 GMT
MACON, Ga. (AP) - This year is shaping up to be a busy year for alligators in the Macon area, which is on the northern end of the reptiles' range in Georgia. The Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/11xGOIt)More >>
An alligator found this week is the third one this month. Authorities say abundant rain during mating season could explain the multiple gator reports.More >>
Thursday, June 20 2013 8:38 AM EDT2013-06-20 12:38:52 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
August 14, 2003
Albany-- Nationwide it is an epidemic, and still growing, and counterfeit checks are becoming more common at local banks.
Bankers and Police gathered for a strategy session, to see if there are ways to keep fake checks and identity fraud from growing in South Georgia.
The banks say counterfeit checks are not an overwhelming problem yet, and they don't want it to be.
Nita Gaines of the Artesian Financial Group said "Bankers are very concerned about what is happening with their customers. The Police Officers are very concerned because they are trying to help people resolve these problems. And they are trying work together, to network. Thieves can steal your check I.D. numbers, then print counterfeit checks, and make off with your money and a store's merchandise... all in just a matter of hours."
Albany Police Sgt. Darin Abner said, "I look at it as being a billion dollar a year industry. So much fraud is going on. It's occuring. And it's not just in this country, it's worldwide. It's a big thing and it all just goes down to greed."
Regular home computers and check printing paper is all that is needed to make counterfeit checks. The most practicle way to stop the theft is to guard your financial information.
Gaines said "It's a local problem. It can happen to any of us, and we need to be taking the steps that we can take on a local basis to educate the community."
The best ways to protect your financial identity are to limit the number of accounts you have, keep a close eye on your monthly statements, and use post office boxes to mail your bills, rather than your home mailbox.