A Georgia man who allegedly recruited homeless men in Lincoln to participate in several check fraud scams involving nearly $40,000 has been jailed.
Derrick Andrews, 22, of Decatur, Ga., is charged with second-degree forgery. He was arrested March 26 during a traffic stop.
Andrews is accused of recruiting transients to cash nine counterfeit checks totaling $39,708.95, Officer Katie Flood, a Lincoln police spokeswoman, said Thursday.
Three homeless men, each of whom cashed two checks, told police they were picked up outside the People's City Mission on Jan. 24 by men in a van.
The men in the van gave the homeless men fake IDs and checks to cash the next morning. The transients were checked into a motel the night before and given a meal at McDonald's. They received an undisclosed portion of the money after cashing the checks.
Police said they began looking for Andrews after finding his fingerprint on the door handle of a rented van used to pick up the homeless men.
Officers said they also have video surveillance footage of Andrews meeting with the men to get money from the bank transactions.
Flood said Andrews is also charged with second-degree forgery involving three other fraudulent transactions March 18.
On that occasion, Andrews is alleged to have offered three homeless men $500 each in exchange for cashing $12,122 in fraudulent checks. Only one of the men was successful, cashing a check for $3,869 at a Lincoln bank.
Andrews is being held on $150,000 bail in the Lancaster County Jail.
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