GPD: Man tries to scam bank

Published: Jun. 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT
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A Hawthorne man was arrested Tuesday after Gainesville Police say he tried to scam money from a bank.

Police say Kendrid Smith, 23, was given Artiana Brown’s banking information and deposited two counterfeit checks made out to her from Hoffman Construction. He then tried to buy Western Union money orders totaling $4,000 dollars and had Brown report the purchases as fraudulent.

A manager at Alliance Credit Union told police that Brown tried to report her debit card as stolen after Smith didn’t give her any money. The manager did not believe Brown and did not reimburse the $4,000 taken from her account.

Police were able to identify Kendrid Smith with the help of two Winn-Dixie employees who completed the Western Union purchases, and Gainesville Ace Express surveillance footage showing him trying to cash the money orders. They also traced the counterfeit mobile check deposits to Smith’s phone.

Smith is charged with grand theft, uttering a counterfeit check, criminal use of another person’s identification, fraud, and unlawful use of a two way communication device. He was booked at the Alachua County Jail with no bond set. The arrest report says that Smith also has pending charges from another check fraud investigation by GPD.

Artiana Brown has not been charged for her involvement.

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