3 People Arrested In Alleged Bank Fraud Scheme


UPDATED: Monday September 23, 2013 5:30 PM

Urbana police say three people were taken into custody for allegedly committing bank fraud.

It is believed the men are a part of a larger fraud ring that employs the homeless to use fraudulent checks from reputable businesses.

Police say they were notified of a suspicious person inside People’s Savings Bank, 618 Scioto Street early Monday morning.

According to authorities, Garye Burnett, 33, was inside and attempting to commit bank fraud.

Burnett was spotted in an Urbana neighborhood yard later in the day and a foot chase began. Burnett was caught in the 100-block of North Jefferson Avenue.

Police also sent out alerts for a white SUV with temporary license plates, and Champaign County sheriff’s deputies observed the vehicle in Mutual, Ohio.

Kentay Wilkerson, 20, and Kyle Hogue, 30, were taken into custody in Mutual.

Urbana police said they are now investigating a fraud that occurred at the bank on Sept. 19 and again on Sept. 21.

All three men are being held in Tri-County jail. They await an initial court hearing in Champaign Municipal Court on Tuesday.

Police say once further work is done on the case they expect additional charges to be filed against those in custody.

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