July 16, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Forgery Scheme Spoiled

The Springfield Police Department has arrested a Sacramento, Calif., woman who was attempting to scam a local bank for $5,000. Shareen J. Washington, 26, was arrested yesterday afternoon just before 1:30 p.m. when she attempted to use a fraudulent credit card at the Bank of America located at 633 W. Kearney St.

Washington entered the bank in an attempt to obtain a cash advance on a credit card for a non-account holder. An employee at the bank had received a tip; via corporate e-mail to be on the alert for this type of transaction. According to the alert, several banks had fallen for the scheme. The employee was able to call 911. Bank employees were able to delay the request for money to allow enough time for the police to arrive and make the arrest.

Springfield Police detectives are working with United States Secret Service regarding this case and related cases in Springfield and other states.

SPD Case Number: 10-30445

Media Contact: Lt. David Millsap, phone: 417-864-1751

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Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
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