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Police: 1 more arrested in alleged check fraud ring

Posted at 9:12 AM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 09:12:21-04

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Police Department announced on Friday another arrest in an alleged check fraud ring.

Officers arrested 21-year-old Shammon Richard on Thursday. Richard faces charges of money laundering, telecommunications fraud, theft, forgery and failure to comply.

The ring allegedly stole over $1 million through money laundering, forgery, telecommunications fraud and theft from Fifth Third Bank.

Richard was indicted in June, along with DeShay Melton, 25, and Karen B. Smith, 27. Officers arrested Melton and smith previously. The suspected leader of the ring, 26-year-old Vernon Johnson, was also arrested.

According to the indictment documents, the defendants allegedly defrauded Fifth Third Bank of more than $1 million and defrauded Jack Casino out of thousands of dollars.