ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Five suspects are facing charges for allegedly possessing and using counterfeit checks at a local mall.
Deputies with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office responded to the St. Augustine Premium Outlet Mall Monday afternoon, after several business reported receiving counterfeit American Express travelers checks, according to a release from the SJSO.
Two females suspects were located by deputies in the area, while a third female suspect was seen leaving with two men in an SUV, the release detailed. A short time later, the SUV and suspects were located at a World Golf Village convenience store. Deputies and detectives allegedly found over $900 in cash from the suspects and recovered at least $1,000 in suspected counterfeit checks.
The suspects were identified as,18-year-old Channiah Alexei Shaw, Dale H. Ferdinand, 25, Deonna Denise Phelps, 21, Quanashia Shakeal Jolley, 20 and 27-year-old Vontez Leroy Wright and are charged with purchasing items with the counterfeit $100 checks and receiving cash as change.
Shaw, Ferdinand, and Wright were released after posting $2,500 bond each. Phelps and Jolley are still in the St. Johns County Jail on bonds of $10,000 and $1,500 respectively.
Additional charges are pending further investigation.