County Police: Woman Received $ 36,000 from Fraudulent Checks She Deposited at Rockville Bank

Detectives released surveillance photos Wednesday of February fraud

Ashley JonesWith a fake ID and fraudulent checks made out to a company she created, a woman defrauded a bank in Rockville out of more than $36,000 earlier this year, Montgomery County police said.

The woman received the sum from a Bank of America at 15215 Shady Grove Road in February, according to police. Police released surveillance photos and first publicized the crime on Wednesday.

The woman identified herself as Ashley Jones to state officials and obtained a license for a domestic limited liability company from the state for a company called Southern Botanical LLC on Feb. 2. State records indicate she registered the business as a landscaping company in Gaithersburg.

Later that day, she used a fraudulent Pennsylvania driver’s license to open a business account for Southern Botanical at the Rockville Bank of America, according to police. She deposited two fraudulent checks totaling more than $36,000 made out to Southern Botanical and withdrew the money before the checks were discovered as fake.

Officer Rick Goodale, a police spokesman, said police don’t believe Ashley Jones is the woman’s real name and don’t think she has a connection to the Gaithersburg address listed for the company.

Police have asked anyone who knows the woman’s identity to call 240-773-6330 or leave an anonymous tip at 866-411-TIPS (8477) for a reward of up to $10,000 if information leads to an arrest.


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