MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Three people were indicted last Thursday in federal court for allegedly using counterfeit checks at multiple Target locations to purchase an amount of items totaling more than $12,000, according to court documents.

The three people were indicted through two separate but related indictments. In the first, 21-year-old Ci’Preaunni Ja’Von Stewart and Ryan Lamarr Chambers face 19 counts of bank fraud. The second indictment charged 38-year-old Jamee Leah Spillman with 15 counts of bank fraud.

If convicted, each person faces a potential penalty of up to 30 years in prison for each count.

According to the indictments, the three devised a scheme to pass off counterfeit checks to purchase merchandise. And since the three said their checks were traveler’s checks, their counterfeit nature was not found for several days. The value of merchandise the three purchased totaled more than $12,375.

The three passed counterfeit checks in Target stores located in Buffalo, Burnsville, Cottage Grove, Edina, Medina, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Oakdale, St. Cloud, Vadnais Heights, and Woodbury. None of the three have a known address.

Comments (8)
  1. Bob from S MN says:

    LOL Tree people, come on use that spell check.

    1. Eddie Murrow says:

      They did…. “Tree” is a legit word – the reporters for WCCO are just getting lazier and lazier….

  2. Sho says:

    And Target hasn’t upgraded to instant check authorization yet? And 2nd, if you don’t know what kind of check a customer gives you and it looks all funky, why would you accept it without verification of funds?

    1. The Defective Detective says:

      Target does have instant authorization–they probably exploited a loophole by passing the checks as traverler’s checks. Those work siimilar to cash versus a check.

  3. Big Jack says:

    bet Target snares 30% of their profits but the minority communities – they’s be dumb as a rock to alientate the group.
    Just grab ’em when they do something dumb – like they do to the dumb white folks in the Edina store every day here. A crook is a crook regardless

  4. g8bbgg says:

    What kind of name is Ci’Preaunni Ja’Von?

  5. Rufus Larkin says:

    Target have highly pressured checkout clerks who are easy to slip one by on. Clerks at Macys makes the same money & sit around doing nothing.

  6. jackactionhero says:

    Nobody thought these “people” looked suspicious, eh? White people are so naive.

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