Man defrauds Wells Fargo $78,250 |

Man defrauds Wells Fargo $78,250

A Florida man was arrested in South Carolina Wednesday for allegedly ripping off Wells Fargo Bank.

Jamison K. Ford, 37, of Marco Island, Fla., was arrested by FBI agents in Charleston, S.C., on Internal Revenue Service charges of suspicion of bank fraud, transportation of stolen money and engaging in an illegal monetary transaction.

According to a news release issued by IRS spokesman John Harrison, Ford faces up to 40 years in prison and more than $1 million in fines for his suspected crimes.

According to the federal indictment, around Dec. 15, 2000, Ford somehow got his hands on a blank personal check from a Jacksonville, Fla., man. He wrote the check out to his company, Canyon Transportation of Aspen, for $78,250, and deposited it in the Aspen branch of Wells Fargo bank.

Once the check cleared, Ford allegedly had the money wired from the Rifle branch of Wells Fargo to an AmSouth Bank account in Marco Island, Fla.

Ford made an initial appearance in front of a federal magistrate in Charleston on Friday morning and he’s scheduled for a detention hearing in South Carolina sometime this week.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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