3 arrested, possibly part of ID theft ring

On Aug. 5, Andre Chalmers, 54, and David Allen Mizell, 50, who reside in separate apartments located at 1101 NW 39th Ave., cashed a fraudulent check at the Sean Express convenience store located at 220 NW 39th Ave., according to a GPD report.

The check for $527 was drawn off an account in the name of Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics, according to the report.

During a police interview on Aug. 27, Mizell told police that he received the fraudulent check from Chalmers and that he agreed to cash the check in return for $75, the report said.

The next day, police interviewed and arrested Chalmers, who told them that he was given the fraudulent check by a third man, Michael Jerel Gilmore, 36, of Tampa, who requested that he accompany Mizell to cash it, the report said.

Chalmers also told police that after he received the money from Mizell, he paid Mizell $75 and gave the rest to Gilmore. For his part in the scheme, Chalmers told police he received two four-packs of beer and a pack of cigarettes, the report said.

Mizell was arrested for his part in the crime on Tuesday, and Gilmore was arrested Thursday after a police search of his house found more blank checks with the same account number in the name of Shands Teaching Hospital and Clinics located in a backpack allegedly belonging to him, according to GPD reports.

Police say they believe that the three men and other unknown individuals are involved in a large-scale identity theft ring involving credit card fraud, check fraud and identity theft, which is currently under investigation by GPD.

Mizell and Chalmers both received felony charges for fraud, larceny and forgery, while Gilmore received multiple felony charges for fraud, larceny and forgery as well as one felony count of passing a forged check.

All three men were taken to the Alachua County jail, where Chalmers is currently being held on a $90,000 bond while Gilmore is being held on a $150,000 bond. Meanwhile, Mizell was released Thursday on his own recognizance

In an unrelated case involving bank fraud, four people were arrested in Gainesville on Friday for allegedly attempting to cash fraudulent checks at a credit union, according to an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office report.

Deputies say Keinyaddia Raishon Enmund, 25, of 401 SW 67th Terrace, drove Brittany Asure Thomas, 18, and Codi Dennis, 20, who both reside with Enmund, along with Michael Donovan Wright, 18, of 3427 SW 30th Terrace, to the Campus USA Credit Union bank at 5725 SW 75th St. with the purpose of having them open accounts, the report said.

Thomas was allegedly given a Wells Fargo starter check belonging to a closed account. The check, which was written for $800, was allegedly signed by Enmund, the report said.

According to the report, Thomas told police that Enmund had her fill in her name and the dollar amount on the pay-to-the-order-of line.

A second check was allegedly given by Enmund to Dennis for him to pass off to Wright once they entered the credit union. This check, which was written for $2,480, was made out to Wright using the same closed account as the first check, the report said.

Police say that after their arrest they each agreed that Enmund had driven them to the credit union with the purpose of opening accounts, and a search of Enmund’s car found the checkbook from which the checks were taken from, according to the report.

Dennis, Thomas and Wright were each charged with multiple felonies for fraud, one felony count of larceny and one felony count of passing forged or counterfeit checks, and Enmund was charged with counterfeiting in addition to the same charges as the others.

Each was taken to the Alachua County jail, where as of Saturday evening they remained. Thomas and Wright are being held on $5,000 bonds, while Dennis is being held on a $9,000 bond and Enmund on a $12,000 bond.

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