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Check forgers say they were "put up" to scam

Check forgers say they were "put up" to scam

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CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

Stanley Harrison and Clarence Williams tell police they were trying to score some cash and all they had to do was cash a check for a couple of guys.

"They picked up the gentlemen, put the check in their name and had them go cash it and present their ID's. They were pretty much the fall guys but we can't say they were completely innocent," said Cordele Police Sgt. Jeremy Taylor.

On October 19th police say Harrison cashed a forged check for $938 at an Ameris Bank. It was drawn on Georgia Truck Dispatch out of Cordele.  He got the money but Taylor said, "They discovered the check was forged and convenient for them he left his ID behind."

When he returned for his license, the cops were waiting. Harrison says he handed over the money to the men who asked him to cash the check, but they never gave him his cut.

The next day police say Clarence Williams tried cashing a stolen Georgia Truck Dispatch check for more than $900 at a drive-thru Ameris Bank.

"He was actually standing in the drive-thru. They had been alerted about the check attempt the previous day so they immediately called the police when they saw the check," said Taylor.

While Harrison says he was picked up in Cordele by two black men in a gray car to cash the check, Williams, who is from Peachtree City, tells a slightly different story.

"He says he was picked up by 2 black males in a white Chevy with an Illinois plate. He told them he was picked up in Atlanta."

A Georgia Truck Dispatch employee told WALB the checks were stolen out of their mailbox.

They've since been canceled.

Right now police believe the men behind this operation have approached others who might be able to help track them down.

Anyone with information should contact Cordele Police.

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