Man Arrested for Turning $10 Check into $269,951

Florida police have arrested a man for altering a $10 check to amount to $269,951. He deposited the bogus check into a Bank of America ATM. UPI has the story:

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said Clair Arthur Smith, 42, of Cape Coral, received a $10 check from Florida Gulf Bank when he closed his account March 25 and altered the amount to $269,951 before depositing it into his Bank of America account via an ATM April 3, the Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press reported Wednesday.

Investigators said the deposit receipt was found during a search of Smith’s home. They said Smith confessed to the act on tape.

He was arrested and charged with fraud, grand theft and failing to register as a convicted felon in Lee County.

Bank of America detected that the check, which Smith deposited through an ATM, was a fraud.

I always wondered how far people could go when altering the balance on a check. Smith deserves an “A” for effort.

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