Pair Charged In Passing Of Counterfeit Checks Given Federal Prison Time

Friday, September 13, 2013

Two individuals involved in passing counterfeit checks at numerous local businesses were given federal prison sentences on Thursday.

Angela Stahl was given 14 months and Emanuel Joyce-El 11 months in the appearance before Judge Curtis Collier.

Prosecutors noted the pair earlier spent time in state confinement on similar charges.

The investigation began in November 2011 when a loss-prevention associate with Bi-Lo reported that several counterfeit payroll checks were being cashed in their stores in the Chattanooga area by an older male subject (Joyce-El) and a younger female (Ms. Stahl). Checks were also cashed at Food Lion and Piggy Wiggly stores here and in other areas.

The checks were ostensibly drawn on business accounts for Jiffy Lube, Goodwill Industries, Urgent Care - Family Medicine, United Way of Chattanooga, Salvation Army Corporation, and the Heritage Medical Center.

The pair used Tennessee driver's licenses issued to other individuals' names to cash the checks.

Separate cases were being investigated by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, the Chattanooga Police Department, the Red Bank Police Department and the East Ridge Police Department as well as the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Ms. Stahl was using five different identifies with her photo on each one. She had applied with the Tennessee Division of Motor Vehicles for driver's licenses in the five different names.

Ms. Stahl was arrested on Jan. 13, 2012, in Gallatin, Tn., after she tried to pass a counterfeit check at a Food Lion.

She eventually admitted that she had been cashing counterfeit checks for the past several months in Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Lebanon and other areas of Tennessee. She said she was part of a group involving in the operation and that another individual manufactured the fake checks.

Joyce-El was arrested in Gallatin on Feb. 22, 2012, after he also tried to pass a counterfeit check at a Food Lion.

Joyce-El said he was involved in a check-cashing ring with seven or eight individuals from the St. Louis area.

He said they would find names of individuals through Craig's List  and then find the individuals' Social Security numbers. 

He said grocery stores were the preferred check cashers "because they were very willing to cash checks to attract customers."   



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