KPD e-News Release: Suspect Sought in Counterfeit Check Scheme

Kingsport Police Department

David Quillin, Chief of Police

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

SUBJECT: Suspect Sought in Counterfeit Check Scheme
DATE: September 26, 2017
CASE #: 17-025136
On September 8, 2017 at approximately 10:00 AM, a white male suspect cashed a counterfeit check in the amount of $1,869.07 at a branch of Bank of Tennessee, located at 301 East Center Street in Kingsport.

Fifteen minutes later, the same individual cashed a second check in the amount of $1,873.49 at another Kingsport branch of Bank of Tennessee, located at 1708 North Eastman Road.

The two counterfeit checks were sequentially numbered and from the same account. The actual account holder is a local Kingsport restaurant. The original legitimate checks bearing those same two sequential check numbers were still in the possession of the restaurant owner and were still completely blank and unendorsed.

Both counterfeit checks were written payable to a James C. Gillespie using a home address of the Knoxville Salvation Army. It is currently still being investigated as to whether that name is real or fictitious.

Detectives have received reliable information that homeless people are being picked up in the Knoxville area and then transported to various financial institutions where they then agree to cash checks for unknown suspects. Detectives are looking into the possibility that this case may be one such scheme.

The suspect in this case was recorded by bank surveillance cameras during the incident. A photo taken from that footage has been included in this release. A clip of the actual footage has been made available for viewing on the K.P.D. YouTube channel via the link below:

Anyone who recognizes him, or who may have any additional information which may help solve this case, is asked to contact Detectives in the K.P.D. Criminal Investigations Division at 423-229-9429 or call Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:

Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)


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