Suspect in million dollar fraud scheme arrested

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Leon County Sheriff's Office says a suspect wanted in connection to a million dollar fraud scheme has been arrested in Atlanta.

In January 2017, the Leon County Sheriff's Office Financial Crimes Unit began an investigation into a Green Dot card scheme involving a cashier at the Walmart store on W. Tennessee Street.

LCSO says the cashier had provided 56 Green Dot cards with a value of $28,000 to two black male suspects. The suspects then left Walmart and went to several grocery stores in Tallahassee and throughout Georgia to purchase money orders with the Green Dot cards.

Through the course of the investigation, authorities identified one of the suspects in the case as 26-year-old Michael Battle, of Atlanta.

LCSO says when the money orders were cashed out, some showed Battle as the payee or payer.

The LCSO Financial Crimes Unit, along with Walmart Global Investigations and other law enforcement agencies around the country, were able to link Battle to a much larger nationwide scheme, totaling more than a million dollars in losses.

Battle was arrested in Atlanta on warrants issued by Augusta Police Department for a similar case.

Battle is being held in the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Jail on the outstanding LCSO warrants, awaiting extradition back to Leon County.

LCSO says the investigation is ongoing and future criminal charges against additional suspects are possible.


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