Thursday, November 26, 2009
Three nabbed on fraud charges
By SUE WATSON
Three suspects, who gave Atlanta, Ga., as their addresses to authorities, were arrested following a high-speed chase through Benton and Marshall and into Union counties Tuesday, Nov. 17, according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Deputies pursued the vehicle after receiving a call from Wal-Mart that the men had attempted to fraudulently cash checks on accounts not their own. The arrests were made near the Union County line on Highway 78 after law officers with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and Mississippi Highway Patrol made a felony traffic stop to apprehend the suspects.
The driver of the vehicle, which contained large amounts of cash and a trunk full of high-dollar items from Wal-Mart, was identified as Shams S. Diggs, 38, of Atlanta, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson. With Diggs were two other suspects, Lloyd Muskelly, 29, of Atlanta and William Morris, 31, of Atlanta, he said.
All three suspects were charged with attempting to purchase merchandise with fraudulent checks and felony evading arrest, Dickerson said.
Blank checks were recovered, along with about $7,000 in cash at the time of arrest. The blank checks were on accounts belonging to several construction companies and businesses issued by banks with Atlanta addresses, the sheriff said.
The suspects were allegedly purchasing expensive items at one Wal-Mart store with the fraudulent use of checks and then returning the items for cash at another Wal-Mart store.
Bond on the three suspect was set at $250,000 each. Diggs bonded out Saturday, according to Dickerson, and the other two suspects remained in jail Monday.
In a separate incident Friday, Nov. 20, Marshall County sheriff’s investigators assisted Shelby County, Tenn., authorities in executing a warrant on Pin Oak Drive. Two suspects, Ashley Humble, 25, of Pin Oak Drive, and Shannon Borman, 28, of Olive Branch, were arrested on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping, Dickerson said.
The investigation of some home invasions in Shelby County led to the suspects in Marshall County. They waived extradition and have been transported back to Shelby County. A third suspect was arrested in Memphis, Tenn.
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