Police issue warning for check writing scam

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 3, 2003

Det. Wade Garrett with the Andalusia Police Department has notified the Andalusia Star-News that Carl Fuerst, an individual known for passing fake checks at banks and businesses across the Southeast could possibly be headed back towards Covington County.

According to Garrett, Fuerst "split deposits" check that are drawn from real banks. Fuerst will take a check that has the name of a generic sounding company located between 20 and 100 miles from the area he is in. The check will be payable to an individual account holder of the bank, but the customer will not live near the local branch. Fuerst poses as the account holder. He then deposits an even amount of money into the account and receives an odd amount back. The checks have generally been signed with the maker name beginning with the letter "J." He does not have identification.

Most recently, Fuerst was known to have passed checks in Humboldt, Tenn., at Union Planters Bank branches on October 17. Each of the checks were drawn from a fake Bankcorp South account. On October 18, Fuerst passed a check in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. This trend has prompted Garrett and others to believe Fuerst could be headed back to Alabama.

Fuerst has passed checks in Covington County, and checks from local banks that have been passed in other areas of the state.

All businesses and banks are advised to be on the lookout for Fuerst, and contact their local police department if they see him. The Postal Inspection Service has several federal arrest warrants for Fuerst.