A warrant has been issued for a man believed to be involved in the cashing of counterfeit checks.
The Thomas County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant on Octavious Brown, 26, who has Quitman and Monticello, Fla., addresses.
Thomas County has been hit lately with several counterfeit checks.
Three counterfeit checks — for $645 each — have been cashed in Boston and one in Monticello, said Lt. Tim Watkins, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office chief investigator.
Other checks are believed to have been stolen in North Florida and South Georgia.
“We think they stole checks and printed counterfeit checks off them,” Watkins said
Those checks have been passed in Thomas County and in Leon and Jefferson counties in Florida.
“We believe the people passing them are from Valdosta,” Watkins said.
A woman who attempted to pass a counterfeit check in Monticello a week ago was arrested. The would-be victim called police while the woman was in the store.
Some of the checks are being cashed at businesses and some at banks on which the accounts are drawn.
Watkins said businesses should be leery of cashing two-party checks.
The investigator said Brown is a former employee of a meat-processing plant on which some counterfeit cheeks are being passed. He wears the top of his former uniform and a company identification badge.
If possible, Watkins said, merchants who suspect a check is counterfeit should call authorities while the suspect is still in the store.
Getting a vehicle tag number also would be helpful, the investigator said.
Anyone who suspects a counterfeit check is being passed should call the sheriff’s office Criminal Investigations Division at 225-3315 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 225-4151 after hours.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.