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Durham Police Seek Identity Of Fraud Suspect

Posted July 8, 2003

— Police investigators in Durham are trying to identify a woman they believe used the identity of a Rhode Island woman to forge and cash several checks.

Investigators believe the woman is using the identity of 22-year-old Janell Edith Ann Sylvester to cash forged checks in the Triangle area.

Investigators originally arrested the woman and filed charges against her under Sylvester's name. The woman was charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretense and two counts of uttering forged instruments. Investigators later learned that the woman was not Sylvester and now they are trying to find out who she really is so they can file further charges against her.

Investigators have released a photograph of the woman, which was taken last summer. She is described as a black female approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall. She may live in Raleigh and may drive a 1993 Lexus.

Anyone with information on the woman's identity is asked to call Investigator A.L. Jackson at (919) 560-4440, ext. 232, or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases.

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