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Forum News Service, Published June 20 2013

Warrant issued in Minnesota for Georgia man in check scam

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. - A warrant has been issued in Douglas County for the arrest of a Georgia man convicted in a fraudulent check cashing scam.

Elijah Zachariah Moore, 24, of Atlanta, was involved in a scam that spread through at least four states last year. Similar instances were reported in Georgia, Louisiana, Wisconsin and in the Minneapolis-St. Paul and Moorhead areas.

Moore was arrested along with Javonta Cornell Elliott, 21, of Lithonia, Ga., and William James Pierce, 39, of Brooklyn Park, Minn., after a bogus check was cashed Dec. 3 at American National Bank in Alexandria.

Moore and Elliott were charged with felony labor trafficking and aiding and abetting offering a forged check.

Earlier this year, both men pleaded not guilty to the labor trafficking charge and guilty to aiding and abetting. After failing to appear at a hearing May 24, a warrant was issued for Moore’s arrest May 28.

Elliott was convicted of felony aiding and abetting on April 24 in Douglas County court and credited for 65 days time served in jail. He was fined $135 in court fees and given five years of supervised probation.

One charge against Pierce, offering a forged check, was dismissed.