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Released: 11/2/2010 Who do I contact? Dan Grubb
Public Information Officer
(910) 433-1896
Fayetteville Police Department
Fayetteville Woman Arrested in International Fraud Scheme
               Fayetteville Police have charged a woman for her participation in an international fraud scheme involving more than 7-million dollars.              Marie Elizabeth Register, 48, of 4542 Caskey Ct in Fayetteville has been charged with printing and mailing 235 counterfeit checks valued at more than half-a-million dollars. The scam targeted people selling items on EBay and Craigslist.              Register required sellers to cash checks valued at more than what she owed, keep payment for the items purchased and send the balance back to her via Western Union or Moneygram.  Register would then mail the cash to Nigeria.  A total of 2,630 checks have been identified as printed with a total value of  7.1-million dollars.              Register is charged with two counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses, two counts of Obtaining Property greater than $100,000 by False Pretenses, four counts of Forgery of Instrument and Possession of 5+ Counterfeit Instruments (checks).             It is not known at this time whether the money from Register has ties to terrorist activity, but the investigation remains underway regarding her case. Register currently remains in the Cumberland County Jail on a 77-thousand dollar secured bond.
 

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