RICHLAND COUNTY, SC — Former criminals, single parents, homeless people and college students were targeted as co-conspirators in a massive financial services fraud uncovered by the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and announced Thursday.
Four ringleaders recruited nearly 90 individuals to open new bank accounts at TD Bank, Wells Fargo and Woodforest Bank. For as little as $100 or $200, accounts were established and account information, starter checks and debit cards were handed over to ringleaders. Those leaders then used the accounts to defraud the banks of more than $100,000 over the past year through bad checks and ATM withdrawals , authorities said.
Forty suspects, who authorities said managed to scam TD Bank of $40,000, were charged earlier this year. But the department’s newly formed financial services unit discovered those arrested were recruited by four people investigators are calling ringleaders in the scam.
Sheriff Leon Lott on Thursday announced an additional 51 suspects were involved in scamming Wells Fargo of an additional $72,000. Nine arrests have been made. An additional 42 suspects are sought.
Among those arrested were the four ringleaders.
“Financial crimes tend to go under the radar,” Lott said at a press conference. “Looking at that area . . . the amount is staggering.”
Those arrested, with their ages and charges, were: Courtney Blair, 25, two counts of bank fraud and two counts of forgery; Katrelle Breland, 24, two counts of bank fraud and two counts of forgery; Whitney Green, 22, three counts of forgery, conspiracy and bank fraud; Lorenzo Young, 19, bank fraud; Terry Daniels, 24, five counts of forgery and four counts of bank fraud.
Also Rachade Boulware, 19, five counts of bank fraud, forgery, conspiracy, burglary, trespassing, receiving stolen property, failure to stop for blue lights and three counts of probation violation; Ashley Turner, 25, bank fraud; Mary Weaver, 20, bank fraud; and Rodney Glover, 22, bank fraud.
Young also faces charges of burglary and murder stemming from the July shooting of 33-year-old Kelly Hunnewell inside a bakery at 93 Tommy Circle.
The remaining suspects sought are:
Robert Anderson, 26; Jessica Blake, 25; Keith Borden, 29; Jordan Boyd, 19; Lesley Coleman. 30; Edmond Douglas, 32; Yotorri Dunlap, 22; Demetris Fuller, 30; Rodney Glover, 22; Lamonttae Hammond, 19; Willie Hampton, 21; Jullanar Hibbler, 28; Brittany Holmes, 27; Alexis Johnson, 29; Steven Johnson, 24; Marquavious Jones, 24; Tasha Jones, 21; Lajuan Lewis, 22; Gregory Lide, 24; Dionna Moore, 20; Emmanuel Okoye, 22; Richard Patterson, 25; Braxton Pearsons, 20; James Randolph, 31; Donquarius Richardson, 19; Saquan Richardson, 19; Alexis Rivers, 20; Ladaiza Roberts, 18; Iesha Robinson, 22; Miranda Sales, 22; Darryl Samuel. 20; Labrittney Sease, 26; Taeshaun Singletary, 22; Ronnie Stone, 24; Candace Sweat, 29; Hakeem Tucker. 20; Ashley Turner, 25; Mary Weaver. 20; Karl West, 20; Remon West, 28; Marcus Williams, 41; and Patrick Williams, 26.
Investigator Odell Glenn said the individuals used in the crimes were in need of quick cash, but will be charged nonetheless with bank fraud. He said many of those arrested were cooperating with deputies.