Crime Solvers is asking for the public's help in finding out information about a man who has tried to pass more than $100,000 in bad checks.
Detectives say the man bilked more than $20,000 from every major bank in the Salt Lake Valley since the middle of February.The counterfeit checks were drawn on the Bank of New England in the name of Aetna, a large insurance company. The forger opened checking accounts with small deposits at several banks. In many cases, he returned to the bank after a few days to deposit a forged check. He would tell the clerks the checks were reimbursements for injury claims.
The man would often go to another branch of the bank immediately after depositing his checks. Tellers would look up his account on the computer, notice the deposit and allow him to withdraw large amounts of cash, despite the fact the checks had not cleared.
Investigators need to know where the man stayed while he traveled throughout the Salt Lake Valley, who he associated with or anything that can help them learn his identity. The suspect is a white male in his mid-40s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, brown hair, medium build with a pot belly, bad or missing front lower teeth. He has used the names Drew T. Aht, Steven D. Lee, Troy A. Hoy, Joel A. Reed, Josh G. Gray and Ben J. Davis.
Editor's Note: The Deseret News, in cooperation with the Utah Council for Crime Prevention, publishes weekly accounts of unsolved crimes as part of a statewide program called Crime Solvers. Readers with information about the "Crime of the Week," or any other unsolved crime, are invited to call Crime Solvers at 964-CALL or 1-800-972-CALL. Information is then passed on to local police. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by the council for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the criminals involved. It is not necessary to give your name when providing information.