Skip to comments.Three accused of stealing $103,000 in federal checks
Posted on 05/06/2009 7:21:15 PM PDT by csvset
Police have recovered more than 2,000 government checks totaling $103,000 and arrested three men after a hotel mix-up led to what police on Wednesday called a quickly formed conspiracy and theft.
Police said a contractor with the U.S. Department of Transportation checked into the Doubletree Hotel Norfolk Airport at 880 N. Military Hwy. on Monday and went out. Meanwhile, the hotel mistakenly checked a second guest into the same room.
Acquaintances of the second guest went through the contractors luggage, police said, and found and took a laptop and the checks. The checks, in various amounts, were to be distributed as incentives to ride public transportation as part of a federal program, said Master Police Officer Chris Amos, Norfolk police spokesman.
As described to me, they were very, very cashable, Amos said.
Detectives and a Department of Transportation special agent located the second guest Tuesday and arrested the suspects Tuesday and Wednesday in Norfolk and Portsmouth, recovering all of the missing property, police said.
Charged with grand larceny and conspiracy were Vincent Land, 26, of the 1900 block of Charleston Ave. in Portsmouth; Marquise Vinson, 24, of the 800 block of Pine Crescent in Portsmouth; and Jacques Cowell, 18, of the 400 block of Harbor North Drive in Chesapeake.
You mean hotel rooms aren’t secure!!! I’m shocked.
I wonder who exactly the checks were intended for. What " federal program" ?
The brothers should have asked the local "Community Organizer" if they were entitled to a check. .
Those three look like they are very familiar with the ins and outs of government checks.
what were Somali pirates doing in a hotel in Norfolk
Some of that stimulus money.
...I see how this could be a case AGAINST federal incentive programs.
What about the theft of the American Peoples money to pay others to ride public transportation?
Better check to see if the desk clerk was in on this. The government employee was probably getting a govt rate and paid with a govt credit card. Maybe that desk clerk didn’t make a mistake.
Who would have guessed that a Back male would have done this?
They're AMISH !!!
Yup. A bigger story may be who was to receive this taxpayers money. (Probably do-nothing Black people. So...it's okay.)
Just a drop in the bucket. Obama is stealing a million times that from us.
Black Amish to go along with the Black Russians, the Black Irish, the Black Watch, and the famous pirate leader and World Poker champion, Black Jack.