Man in Counterfeit Check Scheme Surrenders After Watching NBC10: Cops

A man wanted in connection to an alleged counterfeit check ring is in custody, thanks in part to NBC10.

By David Chang
|  Friday, Oct 19, 2012  |  Updated 6:43 PM EDT
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Police say Jon Whitters turned himself in for being involved in a counterfeit check ring after seeing the story on NBC10.

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Police say Jon Whitters turned himself in for being involved in a counterfeit check ring after seeing the story on NBC10.

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A man wanted in connection to an alleged counterfeit check ring is in custody, thanks in part to NBC10.

Police in Bucks County were investigating the ring in which they claim a group of criminals gained access to the bank accounts of several businesses, stealing thousands of dollars in the process.

One of the victims, Dr. Stuart Lakernick, a chiropractor in Feasterville, told NBC10 dozens of his payroll checks bounced. Police say someone got into his bank account and emptied the funds before his nurses could cash their paychecks. Police say the suspects targeted the local businesses for the last two months.

Jon Whitters, Credit: Philadelphia Police

Investigators identified numerous men they say took part in the thefts as well as similar check fraud cases in Bucks County. Demetrius Green was arrested last month after police say he was caught at a Delaware bank trying to cash a fake check from Dr. Lakernick’s account.

On Thursday, police say another suspect, Jon Whitters, turned himself in after seeing the story on NBC10 and realizing police were after him. Whitters was arrested and placed in jail on $25,000 bail.

Investigators continue to search for two more suspects, Ariel McFarlane and Thomas Manigualt.

Ariel McFarlane, Credit: Philadelphia Police

If you have any information on the whereabouts of either suspect, please call Lower Southampton Township Police.

Thomas Manigualt, Credit: Philadelphia Police

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