Prosecutor: Five members of check fraud ring indicted for stealing at least $1 million

Five members of an alleged check fraud ring, accused of using Jack Casino and Fifth Third bank to steal more than a million dollars have been indicted. Vernon Johnson, Demarlo Harris, Deshay Melton, Shammon Richard and Karen Smith face charges of theft, money laundering, forgery and telecommunications fraud.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the four would deposit bad check into various Fifth Third Bank accounts.

Before those checks would clear, they would withdraw money from Fifth Third Bank ATMs, Belterra Park, Jack Casino and check cashing businesses.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission took part in investigating the scheme.

Johnson was arrested June 25 at a bank branch in Lebanon. During his arraignment, Cincinnati Detective Cynthia Alexander said he was in the process of committing another crime.

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