8 Millersville University students charged in check cashing scam

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Eight Millersville University students have been charged in an elaborate check-cashing scam, police said Wednesday.

A ninth person, 24-year-old Aaron Caple, was also charged as the ring leader.

“It started with an initial report of a lost or stolen debit card from a student,” police Sergeant Jeffrey Margevic said.

cats-horz
Quadiar Johnson, left, and Alimamy Sesay Jr.

Police said Caple showed two students, 21-year-olds Quadiar Johnson and Alimamy Sesay Jr., how the scam worked. Investigators said they then recruited the other students.

Investigators told ABC 27 News the students would deposit fraudulent checks, quickly withdraw the money, and then before anyone noticed anything they would use the cash to buy things.

“I think by some of their reactions, when they were interviewed, they were kind of amazed that this was almost like magic that you could make this happen,” Margevic said.

The scam cost the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union more than $20,000, police said. PSECU has ATMs at Millersville and Pennsylvania’s other state-owned universities.

Caple, who is not a student at the university, is facing federal charges for a similar scam in Philadelphia.

A Millersville spokesperson told ABC 27 News the university is reviewing the case along with the status of the students.

caple
Aaron Caple

Below is a full list of every of everyone who is facing charges:

– Aaron Caple, 24, Philadelphia (non-student): forgery, access device fraud, criminal conspiracy

–  Quadiar Johnson, 21, Yeadon: forgery, access device fraud, criminal conspiracy, theft

– Alimamy Sesay Jr., 21, Philadelphia: access device fraud, criminal conspiracy

– Briannia Beaufort, 20, Philadelphia: access device fraud, criminal conspiracy, false reports to police;

– Jamecia Miller, 20, Coatesville: access device fraud, criminal conspiracy, false reports to police;

– Nadajah Vickers, 19, Greencastle: access device fraud, criminal conspiracy;

– Aboubacar Doukoure, 19, Philadelphia: access device fraud, criminal conspiracy;

– Sharif Smith, 22, Philadelphia: access device fraud, criminal conspiracy, false reports to police; and

– Dwayne Wolfe Jr., 23, York: access device fraud, criminal conspiracy, false reports to police.

Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download ABC 27 News for iPhone here or ABC 27 News for Android here.

3 thoughts on “8 Millersville University students charged in check cashing scam

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s