Forger claims forced to cash fake check in Alpharetta

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – An unemployed Griffin man was arrested April 8 after allegedly trying to cash a fake check. He claimed he was forced to do it.

Larry Demond Tyus, 28, of Griffin entered the Bank of America on Windward Parkway and tried to cash a check made out to him for $891. The teller realized it was fake and secretly called police. When they arrived, Tyus was still at the counter.

Dispatch notified police, saying Tyus’ sister had called in claiming Tyus was forced at gunpoint to cash the check.

Speaking with police, Tyus claimed he was walking around downtown Atlanta earlier in the day when two unknown assailants jumped him and forced him into a car.

They bought him professional clothes at a Goodwill and handed him a check to cash. Tyus said he initially refused to take part, but one of the men placed his hand in a pocket and acted like he had a gun.

Police questioned Tyus, notably curious how his name could be on a pre-printed check if he had just been picked up off the street. He said he did not know.

Tyus was charged with fourth-degree forgery.

MH 04-23-14

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