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Work-shirt-wearing man nabbed after allegedly passing bad check at Leesburg bank

Dominique Marquis Simpson

A Mount Dora man who wore a work shirt from his previous employer when allegedly passing a forged check at a Leesburg bank is behind bars in the Lake County Jail.

Dominique Marquis Simpson, 26, was arrested early Thursday morning by a Eustis Police officer and transported to the Lake County Jail. He was then served with an active Lake County warrant in connection to an incident in June at the SunTrust bank at 10415 U.S. Hwy. 441 in Leesburg.

A detective with the Leesburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division had received a packet from a corporate investigator for SunTrust Bank regarding a case of grand theft and passing of a forged check. The investigator said SunTrust had been advised on Feb. 24 by a business client that several fraudulent checks had been negotiated against their account. After being notified of the crime, the SunTrust representative launched an investigation, a police report states.

The SunTrust representative said one of the fraudulent checks was made payable to Simpson for $3,769 and cashed at the Lake Square Mall branch on Feb. 24. Simpson presented his driver’s license during the transaction and left with bank with the money, the report says.

The SunTrust representative said on April 12 the client completed an affidavit stating they didn’t authorize the check and the funds – $3,769 –were credited to their account at the expense of SunTrust Bank. On June 8, the SunTrust representative collected a sworn written statement from the teller who handled the fraudulent transaction. She said she didn’t remember anything about it, the report says.

The SunTrust representative later reviewed security video obtained during the transaction and positively identified Simpson as the person who cashed the fraudulent check by comparing the video to his jail booking photographs from previous arrests. The SunTrust representative then provided a sworn statement in her investigative packet as to Simpson’s identity and a disc containing the video footage of the incident, the report says.

On June 18 while reviewing the still images of the fraudulent transaction the Leesburg Police detective noticed what appeared to be a familiar business logo on the front of Simpson’s T-shirt that contained the word “All.” The detective realized it was part of the logo for All Heating and Cooling and then visited to the business to make contact with the manager, the report says.

The manager confirmed the logo and identified the suspect as Simpson. He said he was no longer employed with the company, having previously been terminated “due to poor attendance at work,” the report says.

Simpson, who lives at 550 Lincoln Ave., Apt. 24, in Mount Dora was charged with grand theft and uttering a forged check. He was being held on $4,000 bond and is due in court Aug. 31 at 8:30 a.m. to answer to the charges.

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