Three people were arrested yesterday on charges related to a felony check fraud scheme suspected of reaching as far as Denver.
Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department became aware of fraudulent checks being used to open accounts in Grand Junction after being alerted to the activity by bank employees. Multiple accounts were reported to have been opened or attempted using checks written on the same accounts, with similar characteristics, such as the note in the memo line of the check. On Thursday, bank personnel contacted the police department reference a male currently at the location, attempting to open an account using one of the identified fraudulent checks. Officers arrived and arrested two males, identified as Michael Sexton, 35, and David Faught, 31. Both Sexton and Faught had outstanding warrants for their arrests.
Sexton advised police that he was selling a car to Faught for $2,000. He planned to cash the check that Faught wrote him in the amount of $2,800, and give $800 back to Faught. Sexton admitted that he was aware that the name on the check was not Faught’s, and was further aware that Faught and his girlfriend were writing bad checks and opening bank accounts across the Western Slope and possibly as far as Denver, but they had promised him the check they gave him was “good.”
A search warrant was requested on the address associated with Faught in the 200 Block of Beacon Court. Deputies with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office contacted Faught’s girlfriend, identified as Amanda Giron, 28, at the residence on an unrelated investigation. When she was contacted, Giron was found to be in possession of blank checks matching the characteristics of the checks previously used to open the fraudulent accounts around town.
Faught, Sexton, and Giron were all arrested on felony charges of Forgery, Fraud, and Theft. A booking photo for Faught was not available at the time of this posting.