A Roswell woman's business had suffered multiple check forgery incidents in her city, so she was prepared when another attempt was made in Milton.
The businesswoman had placed a fraud alert on her account, so when someone tried to cash a forged check at a Milton bank branch on Sept. 11, she was alerted and police were called.
When Milton police arrived at the Chase Bank branch on Windward Parkway, they encountered a suspect who said he was trying to cash a check. He became upset when asked where he got the check.
The teller approached by the suspect said the check presented was counterfeit. While it appeared to be printed on bank paper, it was not the correct format for Chase Bank checks. She told the officer she stalled the transaction to give police time to arrive.
After arresting and handcuffing the suspect, the man decided to speak to police. He said at 9 a.m. that day two men approached him outside of his apartment in Atlanta and asked him if he wanted to make some extra money. He got into their car, and they drove around finally picking up another man in the Little 5 Points area of Atlanta. Then they drove to the Windward Parkway bank branch and he was told to cash the check for $929.58. He said the men promised him a $200 payment for cashing the check and gave him a cell phone so they could check on him inside the bank. He did not provide police with detailed descriptions of the three men.
Antoine D. Wakefield, 41, of Atlanta, was arrested charged with fourth degree forgery. He was released from Fulton County Jail on Sept. 12 on $2,500 bond.