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Woman Charged with Check Forgery Scam

Tommy Murphy

Staff Writer

LaGrange Police have arrested a woman on check forgery charges after she was caught redhanded trying to cash a fraudulent check. Police are still investigating, as her accomplice managed to get away and the check was just one of multiple forgeries on the same account.

The investigation began Thursday afternoon, around 4:36 p.m., when officers with the LaGrange Police Department were called to Renasant Bank on Vernon Street in reference to reports of forged check being cashed.

Police were advised that a female in a black Escalade was attempting to cash a forged check. Officers arrived and found the female suspect standing at the vacuum tube and the Escalade occupied by a male just past the drivethru.

The suspect, later identified as Sherika Shyhe Crowell, initially claimed she received the check in the mail as a secret shopper check. Crowell stated the male, who she initially identified as David Williams, had driven from Atlanta to Columbus to give her a ride to cash the check. She stated the Renasant Bank in Columbus was closed, so they came to LaGrange.

Police say that while speaking to Crowell, the Escalade began to move, and Crowell indicated that Williams was just moving the vehicle to stop blocking the drive-thru. Officers then went inside to meet with the bank manager, at which point the Escalade left the area. Crowell later admitted that Williams was a fake name as well.

The bank manager advised police that the account attached to the check was flagged for fraudulent withdrawals. They then contacted the account holder and confirmed the $4,763.89 check was fraudulent.

When police questioned Crowell about the check again, she again said the check was sent to her in the mail. She said she saw the amount it was made out for,and knew it was too good to be true, but did not want to ask questions or look into how or why the check was sent to her, simply wanting to cash it.

Crowell denied any knowledge of the checks being stolen or forged.

Crowell was then placed under arrest for the incident. During subsequent interviews, Crowell admitted that she knew the check was a forgery. She stated that she was approached by an unknown male who offered her $1,000 of the money if she cashed the check for him.

As a result of the investigation, Crowell, age 31, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail charged with Third Degree Forgery.

Crowell was later released from the Troup County Jail on $2,000 bond.

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