A South Sound ring defrauded banks of almost $1 million dollars using stolen checks, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
Prosecutors said the ring allegedly stole checks, many in car prowls, and deposited them in 219 bank accounts since November 2010, stealing more than $987,000 from Bank of America, Boeing Employees Credit Union, Key Bank, Banner Bank, TwinStar Credit Union, Wells Fargo Bank, and Sound Credit Union.
The group is accused of using debit cards to take out cash, before the banks figured out the checks were bad.
Ten are indicted in the ring. Seven had initial appearances in U.S. District Court Thursday. Authorities are still looking for two, and one is in custody and set to be in court next week.
Named in the indictment for alleged bank fraud and aggravated identity theft are: Clayton Leon Bass Jr., 25 of Kent; Arthur Napoleand Wilcher, 29 of Tacoma; Calvin Dewayne Davis, 26 of Federal Way; Okila Ayanna Malayka Ulmer, 31 of Renton; Amanda Rae Riffle, 28 of Tacoma; Relonna Dollinn Ward, 34 of Tacoma; Avery Edward Lee, 32 of Milton; Johnathan Marquiel Turner, 22 of Federal Way; Shawn Andre Turner, 22 of Federal Way; and Sephora Quilyn Watkins, 27 of Tacoma.