Five charged with passing fake checks at supermarkets

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 08:12 AM

Five Charlotte residents were arrested Tuesday for trying to cash counterfeit business checks at two local supermarkets.

Lenoir police received a call just after 3:30 p.m. from the Food Lion on Wilkesboro Boulevard from an employee. Officers arrived just in time to catch one of the suspects, 21-year-old Frankie Davis Rogers, trying to pass a counterfeit check for $384.23. While there, store employees described to officers a black Kia Sorrento leaving the scene with the other suspects. The Kia was found shortly afterward at the Tobacco To Go convenience store on Hickory Boulevard. After speaking with the car's occupants, officers learned one check had been cashed by Dashawn Jafone Edwards, 18,  at the Food Lion for $376.42.

The two checks and cash were recovered. The checks, in the name of M & S Warehouse in Lenoir, bore a BB&T bank account logo.

Rogers, of 2203 Prestigious Lane, Apt. H in Charlotte, and Edwards, of 427 Tom Hunter Road in Charlotte, were charged with felony forgery and uttering. Also charged with felony forgery and uttering were Gregory Latrone James, 31, of 3100 Cosby Place in Charlotte; Comma Lee Smith, 31, of 2416 Dunlaven Way Apt. B in Charlotte; and James was also charged with possession of marijuana.

Hudson Police charged another occupant of the car, Amber Lorraine Martin, 21, of 6232 Balsam Fir Drive in Charlotte, with felony forgery and uttering related to a counterfeit check in the amount of $375.11 given to the Food Lion off Hickory Boulevard.

Bond for each of the five was set at $20,000 secured.