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Police: Fayetteville woman's bogus checks topped $500K

Posted November 2, 2010

— A Fayetteville woman has been charged with participating in a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme with links to Nigeria, police said Tuesday.

Marie Elizabeth Register, 48, of 4542 Caskey Court, was charged with two counts each of obtaining property by false pretense and obtaining property greater than $100,000 by false pretenses, four counts of forgery of instrument and one count of possession of five or more counterfeit instruments.

Investigators said Register printed and mailed 235 counterfeit checks valued at more than $500,000 to people selling items on the eBay and Craigslist websites.

Register asked sellers to cash checks valued at more than what she owed, keep payment for the items purchased and send the balance back to her via Western Union or Moneygram, investigators said. She would then mail the cash to Nigeria.

Police have found 2,630 checks so far that they have linked to the scam, with a total value of $7.1 million.

Investigators are still trying to determine whether the scam has ties to terrorist activity, police said.

Register was being held Tuesday in the Cumberland County jail under a $77,000 secured bond.


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  • grab-a-gift.com Nov 4, 2010

    we got two of these ourselves .they were postal money orders and they look legit.we have an online business and some guy sent us one for $400 more than his purchase with instructions to send the remainder to someone else. we knew something was fishy and sent it back along with a letter telling him we are not a bank and next time if he wanted to make a purchase use paypal

  • askme Nov 2, 2010

    I use to work at a bank and saw someone get scammed out of over 7,000 doing this. She thought she was doing "legit" work for someone. We noticed she was cashing these money orders. On the 3rd day and trying to cash another 3,000, we told her that she could not cash any more and a hold was placed on her account. Several days later all the money orders were returned because they were fake.

  • Jammer512 Nov 2, 2010

    The greedy got greedy and got stuck. Never trust anyone who will give you something for free if you just give it back.

  • jockeyshiftspringer Nov 2, 2010

    "She would then mail the cash to Nigeria."
    Correction: She would mail part of the cash to Nigeria.

  • mochabrown Nov 2, 2010

    I got one of those a while and trust me, I smelled SCAM all over it.

  • MillerB Nov 2, 2010

    "obama voter"- hotlapsmag

    Oh give me a break. Republicans and Dems bounce more checks then a rubber factory. Get over yourself.

  • justanothercomment4u Nov 2, 2010

    I work at a credit union and I know these checks would never fly!

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Nov 2, 2010

    Great work Fayetteville!!
    Sellers on e-bay should know better!!
    Most are savvy sellers and would never fall for such!

  • justanothercomment4u Nov 2, 2010

    Those that fall for this need some serious help!

  • thefensk Nov 2, 2010

    "Only $77,000?"

    Well, they said they'd take a check ...