Miss. pair accused of trying to cash stolen check

Published 4:19 pm Thursday, July 10, 2008

A Mississippi couple is being held on bond at the St. Tammany Parish Jail after they allegedly tried to cash an $800 check stolen from a 73-year-old woman.

Slidell Police say 34-year-old Frederick N. Campbell and 29-year-old Anisha A. Gibson, both of Magnolia, Miss., face several charges, including identity theft, bank fraud, forgery, possession of stolen things and exploitation of the infirm.

Authorities say an alert teller at Regions Bank in Slidell on Monday noticed the name on the check Gibson tried to cash was different from the signature. After checking a previously cashed check on the account, police say the teller saw that the name and signature were completely different than the one on the check the suspects were trying to cash.

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The bank manager ultimately contacted the owner of the check, a McComb woman who told him she was missing two checks — one being the check made payable to Gibson. Police say the other check was cashed in McComb, for $850 made payable to Campbell.

The woman says she had not written a check to either person. She says she met Gibson, who worked for a moving company she used, and had given a check made payable to the company to Gibson.

If convicted on all charges, both suspects face up to 60 years in prison.