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Man poses as waste worker, cashes counterfeit checks

Posted January 2, 2009 4:34 p.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2009 5:11 p.m. EDT

— Authorities offered a reward in hopes the public will help them identify a man they believe posed as a waste-management worker to cash counterfeit paychecks in five counties over the past year.

Staffers have reported incidents of someone cashing counterfeit, payroll checks at stores in Wake, Caswell, Franklin, Granville and Vance counties, Creedmoor police said.

Last month, police said he went to a Southern States store in Creedmoor right across the street from the police station.

The impersonator usually wears a uniform that matches the name of the company displayed on the check. He uses a fake drivers license with the name Donnie Johnson on it, police said. The check also bears that name as the payee.

The checks seem to be made on a computer and are written out for around $100 to $200, authorities said. He usually buys an item at the store then pockets the rest of the money.

Granville Crime Stoppers has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this person.

Anyone with information about the case should call Creedmoor police at 919-528-1515 or Crime Stoppers at 919-693-3100. Callers to Crime Stoppers never have to identify themselves.