Federal investigators say 30 or more Wells Fargo customers may have been the victim of an elaborate scheme to create counterfeit checks. Ashley Jerome Carter, 30, pled not guilty to federal charges of manufacturing counterfeit private securities on Monday.
According to federal documents, the check scheme went down from May 2011 to July 2011. Investigators say Carter made counterfeit checks using actual Wells Fargo customer information. Investigators say he got that information from his girlfriend, Juquetia Chiles, who worked at the Wells Fargo Phone Bank in the 4300 block of Huron.
Chiles has also been charged.
Court documents say Chiles admitted to giving Carter client account information on at least 5 different occasions. She also estimated the number of accounts she provided was in the thirties.
In the federal complaint, Carter's girlfriend admitted to writing down customer account information and hiding it in her purse until she met with Carter and exchanged the information. She said she gave Carter the information because she feared for her safety. Carter's girlfriend said he was extremely violent and abused here, which even resulted in hospitalization.
Wells Fargo says they have reimbursed the victims.
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