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Identity Theft Huntsville, AL Man Indicted on Federal Bank Fraud, and Identity Theft Charges

A Huntsville man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges alleging he counterfeited business checks stolen from the mail and reaped in the money gained from cashing them at multiple North Alabama banks.

Bernard Eugene McKinney II, 28, was indicted Wednesday on six counts of fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. The six checks in question earned him and co-conspirators almost $53,000.

A news release from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance alleges that McKinney would steal the business checks from the U.S. mail and forge the signatures of the people who signed the original checks to make counterfeit ones. He would change the name of the payee to his own or to other people’s names, then he and those others would cash the checks at north Alabama BBVA Compass Bank branches and take the money for personal use.

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His co-conspirators were not named in the release and it was not immediately known if they also face charges at this time. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigated the case.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David H. Estes.

The maximum penalty for bank fraud is 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The punishment for aggravated identity theft is a minimum two-year prison sentence served consecutively with any penalty imposed for a related crime, along with a maximum $250,000 fine.

Missing Person Grace Davis of Kansas City, KS

The Kansas City, Kan., Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Grace Davis, 17, from 2530 S. 47th Drive, Kansas City, Kan., and is requesting the public’s assistance.

At 10 a.m. May 24, a foster parent came home to find all of Grace’s belongings still at home but Grace and her phone missing, according to police. The front door was left open.

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Grace could be in the company of her boyfriend Antonio Marquez-Miramontes, 18, a resident of Bonner Springs, Kan., police said. Antonio reportedly drives a 2006 4-door Acura TL KS temp tag B137321.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective R. Schumaker at 913-573-6069, criminal investigations division at 913-573-6020, or the Tips hotline 816-474-TIPS.

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Missing Person Tanya Martin of Chicago

Police are asking for the public’s help to find a 45-year-old woman missing from the South Side Kenwood neighborhood since Wednesday.

Tanya Martin is missing from the 5000 block of South Lake Shore Drive, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.

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She is described as a 5-foot-10, 230-pound black woman with brown eyes, brown hair and light complexion, police said. It is not known what she was wearing, but Martin may be carrying a black purse and driving a silver, four-door 2014 Toyota Avalon.

She is known to frequent southwest suburban Orland Park and Joliet, police said.

Anyone with information should call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

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Private Detective: More Charges For Man Accused in Berea Standoff Situation

The man accused of holding his wife and two children in a home against their will for nine hours, is now facing addition charges.

Police say that 51-year-old Gene Charlton, barricaded himself inside a home with his spouse and two minors inside, according to officials. Charlton’s wife had just gotten an emergency protective order against him and she began sending panicked texts to neighbors saying that he had a gun and asking for help.

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Police evacuated neighbors from around the home on East Haiti Road. Nine hours after police arrived on scene, Charlton turned himself in.

In addition to kidnapping, and violating of a Kentucky EPO/DVO, Charlton now faces charges of rape and sodomy.

He remains in the Madison County Detention Center.

Private Detective: Police Searching For Man on Moped in Overnight Robbery

Police are on the lookout for a man who got away from a robbery on a red moped overnight in Lexington.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. on North Martin Luther King Boulevard. Police say a man on a moped came up to the victim with a gun and demanded cash. The victim complied with the robber’s instruction.

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The suspect the drove off.

The victim tells police that the suspect was wearing a white shirt, black pea coat and khaki pants.

Private Detective: More Details Released in Alleged Frankfort Prostitution Ring

New details are coming to light in the discovery of ex-Franklin County constable Thomas Banta’s case file.

Frankfort newspaper, The State Journal, released details from the discovery Wednesday that shed light on the types of activities that were said to have been occurring.

A woman allegedly employed by Banta told investigators that she was lured in by his clientele, which is said to have included legislators and police officers.  In an earlier release, one woman testified she had sex with a man at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and then later saw him on television.

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The names of the alleged clients and women have been redacted from the discovery to protect their privacy.

This same woman said she witnessed various women visit Banta’s office for what she believed to be prostitution purposes including “KSU students who rode the bus there and a young girl who was a student at Western Hills High School.” However, court records note that a records check at WHHS did not show any record of co-op students working at Banta Security and Investigations.

The woman also testified that part of the caveat of the agreement between the sex workers and Banta was that he was allowed to have sex with them free of charge whenever he desired.

You can read the entire investigative report on The State Journal’s website.

Fraud Investigation Dallas Police Seek Woman Suspected of Fraud

Police are reaching out to the public for help with identifying a woman suspected of cashing and attempting to cash a series of checks under a false name at two Dallas businesses.

The woman used the name Ronselina Mesin to cash two checks connected to a closed account on May 15. Dallas Police Lt. Jerry Mott said the checks totaled more than $1,000.

Two days later, she attempted to cash a check at the same business and a second check at another Dallas-area business but was unsuccessful. Mott said police believe Ronselina Mesin is a false identity.

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Police are asking that anyone who recognizes the woman or the vehicle involved contact the Dallas Police Department at 503-831-3516, leave a message for Senior Officer Colby Hamilton and reference case 16-985.

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Wrongful Death Man Receives 30 Years For Deadly Rowan Co. Home Invasion

A man who pleaded guilty to his involvement in a deadly Rowan County home invasion received a 30-year sentence Thursday.

Jaque Abrams, 21, had pleaded guilty to his involvement in the 2014 death of Bo Otis.

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Police say Abrams was one of five people who took part in the robbery at Otis’ home and the deadly shooting.

Private Detective: Man Charged in Laurel County Double Shooting

Laurel County Dispatch confirms that investigators are on the scene of a shooting.

It happened at a home on Locust Grove Road in Keavy. The Laurel County Sheriff’s Department says that the shooting took place at one of the victims’ daughter’s house.

The victims are Ralph T. Boggs  57, and Garrett Turner 57, both of London. They were both taken to UK Medical Center.

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“We learned that two individuals had come to the scene in a white pickup truck. They went inside the residence to have a conversation with an individual inside of the residence, at some point the conversation turned into a confrontation or an altercation and the two individuals that had driven there in the pickup truck had been shot, one in the head one in the stomach,” said Public Affairs Deputy Gilbert Acciardo.

Acciardo says that Landon Collins,28, of London, has been charged with two counts of criminal attempt to commit murder, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and one count of receiving stolen property. Collins has been lodged in the Laurel County Correctional Facility.

The Sheriff’s department says they think a fourth man was involved in the case. They don’t know his identity but say they think he stole a silver Lexus from Lexington and drove it to the crime scene.

LEX 18 has a crew en route and will update this story as we receive more information.

Private Detective: KSP Searching for Escapee

The search is on for a man police say escaped from a Western Kentucky jail.

State Police say Scott Sullivan was being transported at the Webster County Detention Center when he ran away.

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They say he has been missing since Wednesday night.

Sullivan was behind bars for wanton endangerment and fleeing and evading police.

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