3 charged in fake Macomb County Sheriff's office checks scheme

Posted at 12:09 PM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 06:04:15-04

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Macomb County Sheriff's Office has recently taken several reports of fake checks from their department.

The checks are issued by the Sheriff's office to inmates upon their release for funds taken from when entering the jail, according to a release.

Deputies say local party stores have been the victims in this scheme.

Within the past seven days, 11 counterfeit checks have been passed within Mt. Clemens, Clinton Township, Shelby Township and Troy, according to the Sheriff's department.

The checks look almost identical to legitimate checks that would be issued to released inmates from the Macomb County Jail. There is a Macomb County Sheriffs logo in the upper right hand corner with the Sheriff's Office address and "Inmate Funds". There is also an authorized signature and a Chemical Bank logo. The checks vary in amount from $300 - $725 and have all been dated for July yd, 5th, and 7th.
The counterfeit checks are made out to person's that have not been incarcerated in the Macomb County Jail. The person's cashing these checks have been able to produce photo identification for the name on the check. It is unknown at this time if the person cashing the check is using fraudulent identification.

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office wants business owners to be aware of these counterfeit checks to protect themselves from becoming victims.

If anyone has information on these incidents, call detectives at (586) 307-9358.