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Two men charged with fraud; investigation on-going

Updated: Wednesday, January 8 2014, 09:23 PM CST
Posted by: Lauren Gross

GOLDSBORO -- On Aug. 9, 2013, Newberry Township Police Department fielded a complaint of wire fraud from a victim who resides in Newberry Township.

The victim discovered a $49,000 transfer from his bank account to an unauthorized account. It was discovered that a suspect(s) had placed a phone call to the victim’s telephone company advising them that there was a problem with his home phone service and requesting all calls be transferred to another phone number beleived to be used by the suspect(s).

The suspects then initiated the unauthorized wire transfer utilizing the victim’s personal information and alternate phone number to confirm the transfer. After the crime was committed, the victim’s telephone provider received another call indicating that forwarding could be discontinued.

Through several months of investigation, it was discovered that the money was deposited in a bank account with the subject’s name as James Brown and was found to be associated with other fraudulent deposits.

Another subject, Larry Popoola, was discovered to have had involvement in the unauthorized transfers and to have made withdraws from this account.

Information on both subjects was obtained by investigators and arrest warrants were secured on Jan. 6, 2014. It is believed that the suspects reside in the Chicago area.
Two men charged with fraud; investigation on-going


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