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Police: 1 more arrested in alleged check fraud ring

Posted: 9:12 AM, Sep 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-13 09:12:21-04
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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.