Jackson police say a large fake check cashing scheme involves thousands of dollars and false addresses.
Ashockie Gambles, 29, of Mississippi is considered the mastermind of the operation. According to police she and Dominiqhe York, 25, and Eucharion Onoh, 29, both of Michigan are all charged with check forgery, uttering forged checks, conspiracy and false pretense.
JPD says Gambles provided the other two women with plane tickets, false addresses, fake check stubs and false lease agreements to get a Mississippi identification card.
The investigation began Saturday morning at We Cash It on north State Street.
Police were called after the owner became suspicious when the women presented two checks totaling $15,000.
Later on they went to Money Man Check Cashing with the intent of cashing the same amount, according to investigators. They were arrested at that business.
"This young lady was in line to cash her check and had actually gotten up to where we scanned in her ID and were getting ready to look at her check and the Jackson Police Department came in and whisked her off," said Money Man Check Cashing owner Joey Fontaine.
The ladies admitted to cashing more checks in the metro but weren't able to provide specific locations because they are unfamiliar with the area, according to a press release from Jackson police.
JPD recovered more than $37,000 that is believed to be mostly from fake checks that had been cashed. Additional arrests and charges are pending.
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