Atlanta man arrested in connection with numerous local identity fraud cases

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An Atlanta man has been arrested in connection with an alleged check cashing scheme involving a Pike County business.

According to the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, checks totaling $45,860 in fraudulent checks was written and deposited into various bank accounts, and the money would then be withdrawn before the banks became aware the checks were counterfeit.

Patrick Smith, age 27 of Atlanta, has been arrested and charged with thirteen counts of identity fraud.
Smith’s bond has been set at $143,000.

Authorities say evidence seized during Smith’s arrest – numerous checks, debit cards and documents – led investigators to contact additional businesses and agencies throughout the United States regarding other potential victims.

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