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Orlando Woman Convicted Of Counterfeit Traveler’s Check Scheme

June 21, 2012

Orlando, Florida - U.S. Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that a federal jury found Lottie Davis (50, Orlando) guilty yesterday of one count of conspiracy, two counts of bank fraud, and four counts of manufacturing, passing, or uttering counterfeit securities. Davis faces a maximum prison sentence of 5 years for the conspiracy count, 30 years for each bank fraud count and up to 10 years for each count of uttering counterfeit securities. She was indicted on April 4, 2012, and her sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 7, 2012.

According to evidence presented at trial, Davis was involved in a conspiracy and scheme by which counterfeit traveler’s checks were passed at Target stores located throughout the Southeastern United States. Davis manufactured counterfeit traveler’s checks, drove other conspirators to various Target stores where the checks were passed, and shared in the proceeds that were obtained after the fraudulently obtained merchandise was returned for cash refunds. From September 2011 to December 2011, conspirators passed more than 100 counterfeit checks at more than 40 Target stores located in six states. The total amount of loss is more than $30,000. Davis is one of six individuals who are being prosecuted for their involvement in this scheme. Darell Dopson (53, Orlando), Brandy Hooks (33, Orlando), Baresha Williams (33, Orlando), Lavitress Williams (32, Orlando), Larry Wilson (40, Orlando) each previously pled guilty for their roles in this scheme and are awaiting sentencing.

This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.









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