June 26, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Arrest in Connection with Fraudulent Checks

Springfield Police Detectives are investigating the passing of several thousand dollars worth of fake checks cashed at area businesses. Investigators developed Rhett Scofield as a possible suspect involved in four cases and learned he was staying at a hotel on South Glenstone. Investigators served a search warrant at Scofield’s motel room and located and seized evidence of someone printing checks and a significant quantity of what appeared to be illegal narcotics. Schofield was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the Greene County Jail and has been charged with forgery. Additional drug charges are pending laboratory testing.

Springfield Police want to make the public aware this is not an isolated incident and have seen significant increases in the number of fake checks being passed. Suspects are obtaining legitimate checking account information and then printing fake checks. Suspects then cash these checks for money and merchandise at area businesses.

We strongly encourage businesses utilize good business practices when accepting checks or credit cards and to always check the legal identification of persons using checks or credit cards.

We strongly encourage citizens to keep their credit cards and checks in a safe place and never leave them in their vehicle.

SPD Case # 09-21411

Media Contact: Major Kevin Routh – 417-864-1754; Release Authorized by: Maj. Routh

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
417-864-1810 • springfieldmo.gov/spd