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Durham women sought on fraud charges

Posted May 17, 2010 5:29 p.m. EDT

— Police in Durham are searching for two women wanted on dozens of fraud charges.

Charlene Yvette Wooten, 35, of Summit Street, is wanted on at least 30 charges including forgery, uttering, obtaining property by false pretense, conspiracy, probation violation and failure to appear in court.

Police said that many of the charges stem from a fraudulent check-cashing scheme in which altered fraudulent checks, usually from blocked or frozen accounts, were used to make purchases from businesses in the Triangle area.

In many cases, the purchased items were then returned to another branch of the business for a refund, authorities said.

Wooten also uses the names Charlene Yvette Overby and Charlene Yvette Taylor, police said.

Inell Morinda Ali, 40, of Pine Glen Trail, is charged with forgery, uttering, obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy in connection with an incident that was reported at Ulta on Fayetteville Road in March.

Ali also goes by the names Inell Jeffreys, Jessica Corrder, Lechan Ray Jeffery and Inell Amankwah.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Wooten or Ali is asked to call the Durham Police Department at 919- 560-4440, extension 29313, or Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.