Authorities Nab Homeless Check Cashing Crew
Monday, December 22, 2014 12:23 pm
Murfreesboro Police along with United States Postal investigators, Metro Nashville Police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol have arrested three suspects in an alleged homeless check cashing scheme. Officer Howser with the M-P-D reports information was received from U-S Postal inspection agent David Wilson that a homeless check cashing crew he'd been following had been traveling through Murfreesboro.
Information was received that the crew was staying at the Motel 6 on Chaffin Place. Last Thursday, the agencies setup surveillance. The suspects, Shanice Brown, age 21, Edmond Heath, Jr., age 26 - both of Atlanta, Georgia, were observed by authorities picking up a homeless man in Nashville and driving back to Murfreesboro. They allegedly took the homeless man to Pinnacle Bank on South Church and cashed a check and drove back to Nashville. The homeless man was then interviewed by Metro Nashville Police detectives after being dropped off.
Meanwhile, the suspects were followed back to Murfreesboro where they were stopped by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on I-24 at mile marker 84. They were taken to the M-P-D and interviewed. Also, authorities went to the Motel 6 room, where 51-year old Horace Freeman of Decatur, Georgia, was staying with the other suspects. All three men were then charged with several counts of conspiracy to commit criminal simulation, forgery and theft. Brown, Heath, Jr. and Freeman will be in General Sessions Court January 28th to answer to the charges.
SOURCE: MPD Police Report #14-25374 A, 14-25374 B, 14-25374 C