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Georgia men arrested on counterfeit charges in Sioux Falls

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Sioux Falls Police say four men from Georgia have been arrested and face charges after an elaborate check scam worth nearly $150,000.

Xavier Shields, 21, from Decatur, GA

Ryan Hill, 25, Atlanta

Demarcus Stevens, 25, Decatur, GA

Dwight Daniels, 28, Atlanta

Over the past three weeks, police say the men had been staying at two local hotels as they stole valid company checks from the mail. They then re-worked the checks taking the check account number and routing numbers to make fake ones. Police say then they hired transients with photo IDs to cash the checks at the banks.

A total of 48 checks were involved in the case and successfully cashed with a worth around $150,000. The checks were worth around $1,500-$2,000 each.

Police say this is the most elaborate and complex counterfeit check scam they've seen in recent years.

Two of the men were arrested during a traffic stop, Wednesday morning, and two others at a local hotel room. Upon serving a search warrant, police found a typewriter.

They face nine counts of Possession of a Forged Instrument and could face more in the future.

Police detectives and local mail inspectors are still investigating.

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