The Forsyth County Superior Court charged a man with dozens of counts of forgery following an investigation in early of 2019.
According to the Forsyth County News, Amer Meqdadi (Mick-dah-dee), 39, of Forsyth County deposited 64 fraudulent checks at Regions and Wells Fargo banks in South Forsyth and Cumming, stealing over $350,000. He was arrested in July and indicted just this week for 64 counts of forgery and two counts of computer theft.
According to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, between January and March of 2019, Meqdad deposited checks using ATM's, along with a mixture of real and fraudulent banking information, Meqdadi was able to deposit dozens of checks ranging from $2,000 - $9,900. He used EFS checks, which are typically used in the trucking industry, usually to advance a driver's pay or assist with their expenses. Usually they require authorization with a teller, but Meqdad was able to find a loophole using the ATM's.
Meqdadi deposited money into five different business accounts and all transactions were captured on camera.
A Regions employee initially noticed a discrepency but thought it had to do with reycled check numbers, so they didn't initially catch the scheme.
Investigators with Regions and Wells Fargo contacted the sheriff's office in April, and Meqdadi was taken into custody by the sheriff’s office on July 21, 2019. He was later released on a $4,867 bond.