The identity of a middle-aged couple suspected of perpetrating a fraud scheme in Salt Lake City and in other states is being sought by the FBI.

As part of the scheme, the couple usually enters a small store that has only one female employee on duty. While the employee is helping the man, the woman locates and steals the distracted employee's checkbook and identification.

The couple then goes immediately to a branch of the bank where the checks are drawn, assumes the employee's identity and makes a deposit in the checking account using checks stolen previously in another city. Unless challenged by the bank teller to produce picture identification, the woman asks the teller for the account balance and then writes one of the just-stolen checks out to "cash" and withdraws most of the money.

The woman, photographed by bank cameras, is in her 30s or 40s and is of medium height and weight. The man is described as being in his 40s or 50s, about 6 feet tall, distinguished looking with salt-and-pepper hair.

Anyone who can help identify the couple is asked to contact the FBI.