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Authorities Bust Durham Check Fraud Ring

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DURHAM, N.C. — Investigators from several police agencies broke up a major check fraud ring in Durham.

Roscoe Howard Small is accused of opening bank accounts andusing the account numbers on checks with thenames of bogus businesses. Police say he then recruited dozens ofpeople to cash the checks.

Investigators saythis case provided stores with an important lesson.

"They are changing policies, especially the policy of cashing checkson weekends, business checks and after 5 p.m.," says Denny Schlindwein ofthe U.S. Secret Service. "They're coming to realize that's usually whenthe damage occurs."

Five people, including Small, were charged with federal crimes. Localpolice agencies have warrants out for 30 otherpeople. More arrests are expected.

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