Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
October 13, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Tampa Man Arrested for 140 Felony Counts Connected to Fraudulent Check SchemeTALLHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and the Tampa Police Department announced the arrest of a Tampa man for passing forged checks. According to the investigation Chedrick Lavelle Oliver, 36, used the information from the stolen checks to commit fraudulent transactions at Walmart stores.
The fraudulent scheme involved stealing outgoing mail that included checks out of several Sebring mailboxes between August 2016 and June 2017. According to the investigation, the routing and account numbers were then used to create new checks. Oliver allegedly used these new checks to purchase goods at Walmart stores in Citrus, Marion, Hernando, Sumter, Pasco, Pinellas, Hardee, Highlands, Polk and Hillsborough counties. The defendant allegedly returned the purchased items at a different Walmart in exchange for cash. In total, Oliver is charged with forging 137 checks for more than $18,000 worth of goods and gift cards.
Oliver faces 137 counts of uttering a false instrument, one count of using the identity of others without consent and one count of fraud to obtain property less than $20,000. Assistant Statewide Prosecutor Carrie Pollock Gill with Attorney General Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution is prosecuting this case. The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.