Written By: Ishton W. Morton – September 11th, 2019
Reportedly, as of Tuesday, September 2nd, 2019 Cincinnati Police are continuing to search for two people whom they said have been involved in an alleged theft of more than $1 million from Fifth Third Bank.
Subsequently on Friday, June 28th, 2019 Hamilton County prosecutor announced the indictments of five people for the theft.
According to court records these people are 26-year-old Vernon Johnson, 29-year-old DeMarlo Harris, 25-year-old DeShay Melton, 21-year-old Shammon Richard; and 27-year-old Karen Smith, all of whom are facing felony charges. These charges includes theft, telecommunications fraud, forgery and money laundering charges.
According to according to the indictment Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said, Johnson and others deposited bad checks into various Fifth Third Bank accounts between May 17th, and June 28th.
However, before the checks cleared the bank(s) the group withdrawn the funds from Fifth Third Bank ATMs, Belterra and JACK casinos and other check-cashing locations around Greater Cincinnati and Indiana.
Information from the Cincinnati Police Department confirmed that Harris has been arrested, but they’re still looking for Smith and Richard.
Accordingly police has determined that Smith is known to frequent the Silverton and Deer Park areas. Smith is around five feet, seven inches in height and weight around 175 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes.
Also, Richard is known to be frequent in area of Mount Healthy, Sharonville and West Chester.
Richard fit the description of approximately five (5) feet, eleven (11) inches in height and weight approximately 175 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
According to the prosecutor, it has been suggested, if convicted, Smith could face up to 6½ years in prison and the others could each face up to 24 years in prison,.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Smith and Richard your are strongly urged to contact Detective Cynthia Alexander at 513-352-6435.