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Serving Frankenmuth Since 1906
Vol. 111 No. 2 ~ In our 110th year!
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Quick action nets suspects in fraudulent ATM use
Three Saginaw females have been implicated in a possible fraudulent use of an ATM in Frankenmuth.
Frankenmuth Police Chief Don Mawer said the case began Friday afternoon, July 15, when employees from the Frankenmuth Credit Union’s main branch contacted them.
The suspects were attempting to defraud the ATM. Through speaking with the FCU, the FPD developed three suspects – a pair of 23-year-old Saginaw females and a 20-year-old Saginaw female. They also believe an unidentified male who goes by the name of “Tim” may also be involved.
The suspects would allegedly deposit money in ATMs, mostly in the Detroit area, at other banks. They used the FCU main branch ATM to fraudulently withdraw funds from accounts from different banks.
Mawer praised the FCU staff for detecting this illegal activity.
“No money was taken from Frankenmuth people. They just happened to choose that location,” Mawer said.
The investigation led officers to a downtown restaurant where they found one of the 23-year-old Saginaw females. She was brought back to the police station, interviewed and she claimed she was just a small piece of the ring.
Officers seized evidence from her vehicle, showing financial fraudulent activity in the Detroit area. They also seized her car, a 2008 Chevrolet Impala. She was released pending her court charges.
In other FPD news, officers were called to the 2400 block of South Gera Road shortly before 9pm on Saturday, July 16, for a report of domestic violence.
Officers arrived and interviewed a 24-year-old Frankenmuth Township female, who claimed she was assaulted by a 34-year-old Frankenmuth Township male.
Further investigation led to the arrest of the male. He was lodged in the Saginaw County Jail for an alleged domestic violence charge. The case was forwarded to the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review. An eight-year-old child who was at the scene was released to a family member.