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Two Jacksonville men arrested in fraud investigation

Large cash withdrawal made bank teller suspicious

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ST. MARYS, Ga. – Two Jacksonville men were arrested for their involvement in an ongoing bank fraud and identity theft scheme spanning from south Florida to Savannah, GA, according to the St. Marys Police Department.

Carlis Williams, 51, entered a Navy Federal Credit Union in St. Marys on Nov. 30 and used a fake identification of a valid account holder's name in an attempt to make a $40,000 cash withdrawal, according to police.

Officers said a second suspect, Derrick Demon Fredrick, 51, was waiting in a vehicle in the parking lot.

The teller became suspicious because of the large amount of the requested withdrawal. It was the same amount fraudulently obtained in other recent counterfeit identification schemes.

The teller talked to a supervisor, who went out to speak with Williams, police said.

Another teller realized Williams' physical appearance matched that of someone pictured in a recent flyer about another counterfeit ID scheme, according to police. The bank staff called 911 at that point.

A sergeant said he noticed Fredrick drive out of the bank's parking lot in a silver car and other officers arrested and escorted him back to the bank.

Police said Williams is one of four people being sought in connection with similar crimes over a two week time period in November.

Last month suspects entered NFCU branches in Florida and Georgia, presented counterfeit licenses and social security cards in the names of valid account holders. Once they successfully posed as the account holders/victims, large cash withdrawals were completed.

Williams has also been identified as being involved in a similar incident at River City Market Place NFCU in Jacksonville. The large cash withdrawal was another red flag as it was similar to the amounts fraudulently obtained in other recent counterfeit identification fraud schemes.

Frederick and Williams were taken into custody and transported to the Camden County Sheriff’s Office jail.