'Cahier's Check' Typo Sinks Fraud Scam

Thief ordered phones to FBI office, but agents were waiting
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2009 3:09 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A Tennessee man is being held on two counts of forgery in a scheme that included fake cashier’s checks spelled “cahier’s” and the delivery of merchandise to an FBI office, the Monroe News Star reports. The Monroe FBI received a package of refurbished cell phones and a call from a company that sells them, saying the order was made by a man known to pass phony checks.

When a second cell phone delivery came, Clifton C. Wright, 44, of Memphis, Tenn., arrived in the FBI building parking lot and intercepted the package to pay with a forged check. The FBI stepped in and held the man until local detectives arrived. Wright is also being held as a fugitive from similar charges in Georgia. When arrested was also holding yet another “cahier’s check"—immediate proof that the Chase check was counterfeit.