Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 19, 2014

Police investigating stolen check scam

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department is investigating a case in which a 40-year-old man opened a bank account for a woman he met on the Internet and three checks totaling more than $7,000 have been stolen, forged and deposited into the account.

The victim reported to Cpl. Gary Green of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department the bank was trying to collect $650 from him in overdraft fees on three checks that were forged and deposited into the account.

The victim further stated he had met a female named Brittany Pollard in 2008 on the Internet. He said the woman came to Crossville and spent the weekend with him. After she left, the two kept in contact with each other through Instagram, a picture-posting website.

"At one point Brittany told (the victim) that she was needing him to open a bank account in his name for her because she was going to Nigeria to collect an inheritance money and she needed an account to send the money to. She also told him she would have him Western Union the money to her as she needed it. So, the victim did open up an account in his name for her," Green's report states.

The report also states the victim knew she was in Nigeria and had asked him to wire her $3,000 so that she could get a ticket for a flight back home.

"The victim knew she lived in Illinois when he met her, but didn't know her birth date, or anything else about her," the report states.

The victim said the last time he had contact with the woman was on May 30.

The day before, the victim received a letter from the bank stating that the checks that were mobile deposited into the account were forged. There were three checks, one for $1,980, one for $2,100, and one for $2,950.

The victim told Green he had contacted the woman about the checks and she asked him "not to contact the bank or the person on the checks."

After investigating, Green reported the checks belonged to a couple from Lititz, PA. The man listed on the check had passed away and the woman had reported the checks stolen. The checks totaled $7,030.

Pollard was described as being in her mid 30s, five-feet, five-inches tall, weighing around 130 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

The case remains under investigation.

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