EPD investigating check fraud scheme involving homeless people

EPD investigating check fraud scheme involving homeless people
Published: Mar. 23, 2023 at 9:53 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Evansville Police Department is investigating a check fraud scheme that they say involves people who are homeless.

According to a report, police were told about a rental car from Florida trying to pick up homeless people.

They say the car was trying to get those people to cash fake checks at local banks.

Police say the car was stopped in the area of Washington and Vann Avenue after it was seen circling around a homeless shelter.

A police report shows two men stopping to speak with people, and asking homeless people if they wanted to make quick money.

When the car was stopped, police say several clothes were found in the back seat.

According to officials, the clothes are also a part of the scam. The suspects dress up the homeless person and send them into the bank with the fraudulent check and cash it.

EPD officials say the homeless population is turning to police for help.

“But here’s the thing, the people that you’re preying on know how this works,” EPD Mental Health Officer Mario Reid said. “They’re giving us that information and communicating with us anonymously, and they’re letting us know when you guys come in town to do that, and we’re gonna get you every time.”

The report states police also found marijuana in the stopped car.

As of now, no arrests have been made in connection to Wednesday night’s incident.

We will update this story once more information is available.