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."   



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BELL, CARVING LEBRON  2000 GARFIELD STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37402  Age at Arrest: 40 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County AGGRAVATED ASSAULT-DOMESTIC --- BERRIEN, TAYLA LISA  7024 SPORTSMAN DRIVE HARRISON, 37341  Age at Arrest: 18 years old Arresting Agency:  DOMESTIC ... (click for more)

Man Arrested After Emaciated Dog Found Dead In His Yard; Says It Was Struck By Lightning

A 29-year-old Chattanooga man has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after an extremely emaciated dog was found dead in his yard. Lebron Thrasher, of 1577 Akins Dr., claimed that his Redbone coonhound "Moonshine" had been struck by lightning. An officer went to the residence on Jan. 27 after an EPB employee spotted the dog that was wearing a large chain and collar ... (click for more)

Jill Levine Is An Educational Rock Star

No one has covered the Hamilton County Department of Education drama better than Roy Exum.  Thank you, Roy, but I take issue with your unnamed sources.  Professional jealousy and sour grape darts should not be anonymous.   HCDE is so dysfunctional, and there is good cause to place this public organization under a microscope, dissect it into pieces and discard all ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cancer Is Not A Battle

I read a marvelous essay not long ago where the author urged, “Stop telling the lie that cancer is a battle … a battle implies a fair fight, and there was nothing fair about my cancer or the cancer that took the life of my friend. Those experiences were about as fair as getting hit by a car – and nobody says people lose their battles with automobiles.” Mary Elizabeth Williams, ... (click for more)

Lady Raiders Use 7-Run Inning To Knock Off Central

Baylor softball coach Kelli Smith saw signs in a weekend tournament that her Lady Raiders were coming out of their early-season slumber at just the right time. The Lady Raiders, coming off a championship performance in East Hamilton's Choo Choo Classic at The Summitt, spotted Central a second-inning run, scored seven runs in the third and cruised to a 15-3 non-league victory ... (click for more)

East Hamilton's Briar Potter To Wrestle At MTSU

It seemed like Briar Potter made history for East Hamilton every time he stepped onto the wrestling mat these last four years. He was a four-year starter and qualified for the state meet in all of those years.   He was the Hurricanes first state medalist when he finished fourth at 106 pounds as a sophomore. He is surely the winningest Hurricane with 98 wins and he’s ... (click for more)