Crime & Courts

Sheriff: Man steals ID, writes $25,000 in checks

Richland County authorities are trying to identify a man they believe has written more than $25,000 in checks using a stolen identification.

Between August 2008 and Jan. 31, 2009, the man used a victim's name to open bank accounts at South Carolina Bank and Trust and Bank of America in Columbia, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said.

Police also believe the man obtained a South Carolina drivers license in the victim's name to use as identification. So far, checks totaling $25,140.05 have been written. Fraudulent checks also have been written in Lexington and Newberry counties, Lott said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC or go to

-- From Staff Reports