MOUNT VERNON, Ala. (WALA) - Mount Vernon Police said 12 people are involved in a counterfeit check ring and stole more than $13,000 dollars from David Boshell.
He owns D&J's convenience store in Calvert, where police said fraudulent checks were cashed.
Boshell said he was trying to be a friendly businessman by allowing people to cash their checks at his store.
He said he's been doing so for 10 years and was sick to his stomach when he realized he'd been taken advantage of.
"I lost money trying to perform a service for people," he said.
Detectives believe the suspects were working together in a counterfeit check ring and printed the checks on a home computer.
"As best we can tell, the businesses are not actual businesses," said Mt. Vernon Detective Vincient Nye.
Boshell said it wasn't until he went to cash the checks that he realized they were fake. At that point, he started paying closer attention and noticed a suspicious pattern.
"They came in two days in a row. Three of them one day and three again the next day; got away with it the first day, wanted to try again the second day."
On the second day, Boshell said his employees recognized the checks handed to them were phony and tried to detain three of the suspects until police arrived.
That's when detectives said one of the suspects, identified as Eva Barnes, got into her vehicle and sped away, but not before hitting an employee with her car.
"My son tried to stop a car and they actually tried to run over him as they were making a get away," said Boshell.
Boshell said his son suffered minor injuries.
Police arrested Eva Barnes, Kiaghea Kennedy, Sheicka Walker, Luther Reed Jr. and Jeremy Dawson and charged them with possession of a forged instrument.
Boshell said it's protocol to get a drivers license number, birth date, and thumb prints when accepting checks.
He said his employees followed the correct protocol in this case.
Police are still looking for Alexius Braggs, Kenyon James and Allen Princeton.
They also suspect Mario Powell, Renard Kidd, Janna Dueitt and Liana Brown are part of the theft ring.
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