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Feds, local police round up nearly 70 in check fraud scam

Rain Smith • Feb 21, 2013 at 3:28 PM

A federal investigation into fake checks allegedly passed throughout the region has spurred charges against nearly 70 people — 38 of whom reside in Kingsport — with investigators saying they fraudulently collected approximately $100,000 in cash in the scheme.

Since Wednesday morning local agencies have been assisting the Secret Service in arresting the suspects, who reside in both Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. As of 2 p.m. Thursday 49 arrests had been made, with authorities believing the final 20 individuals would be apprehended shortly.

The case was made public at a Thursday afternoon press conference outside the U.S. District Courthouse in Abingdon, Va. Multiple law enforcement agencies and prosecutors were present, including Secret Service personnel and U.S. Marshals.

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