Ten Philadelphia residents are accused of producing and cashing $40,000 worth of counterfeit business checks.
According to investigators with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Organized Crime Section, checking information stolen by a former teller at a Sovereign Bank branch in Dresher, Montgomery County, was used to produce and cash the fake checks.
A criminal complaint says the former teller, identified as 28-year-old Latosha Mabry of Philadelphia, gave the stolen information to someone known only by the nickname "Beans," who allegedly operated a fake check scheme.
Investigators claim that other participants opened personal bank accounts, deposited fake checks into those accounts and then used ATMs to withdraw cash or allowed their bank cards to be used to withdrawal cash.
According to investigators, the forged checks were used in most cases for between $3,000 to $5,000.
Investigators say many of the scheme's participants were paid $300 to $400 to open up bank accounts, deposit the fake checks and then turn over their debit cards so that the stolen funds could be withdrawn.
The suspects face forgery charges and fines.