Tallahassee man faces more than 40 charges for bank fraud scheme

Tallahassee man faces more than 40 charges for bank fraud scheme
Posted at 4:11 PM, Aug 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-29 12:12:18-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A man who was facing over 30 charges for a Tallahassee bank fraud scheme is now facing eight additional charges. 

Akeem Jones was taken into custody on Monday, charged with eight additional charges related to grand theft, fraudulent use of credit cards, and defrauding a financial institution.

According to court documents, authorities opened up an investigation into Jones after they were alerted that someone had been using victim's accounts to deposit altered checks into an Envision Credit Union ATM then withdrawing the maximum amount of money allowed.

An investigation revealed that Jones had stolen multiple checks from mailboxes all over Tallahassee and cashed them into the bank, using two different Envision accounts.

According to the victims, who told investigators they knew Jones personally, Jones never told them exactly what he was doing with their accounts. 

Court documents say that surveillance video shows a man depositing checks at the Envision Credit Union on Monroe Street several times from April to May 2017. 

Victims were able to identify Jones as the suspect based on the surveillance videos/photos.

Jones was taken back into custody on Monday. The eight new charges on top of the original 33 bring Jones' total charges to 41. The new charges are as follows:

  • Use/possession of ID of another person without consent x 1
  • Grand theft, $300 or more but less than $5,000 x 3
  • Possession of a counterfeited payment instrument x 1
  • Passing forged check with altered instrument x 1
  • Fraud/swindle/defraud financial institution x 1
  • Fraudulent/illegal use of credit cards x 1

He remains in the Leon County Jail where he awaits a plea hearing on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.