Suspect accused of fraud

The Grand Junction Police Department jailed a man Thursday who officers suspect may be part of a check-cashing ring.

The man, Shawn Richard Roberts, 50, was jailed on suspicion of identity theft, theft of between $2,000 and $5,000, fraud by check of more than $2,000, forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, issuance of a bad check and complicity.

According to his arrest affidavit, Roberts, who also is known as Shawn River, allegedly opened several bank accounts and deposited checks that were later determined to be fraudulent.

Regardless, Roberts continued to withdraw money from the account before his ATM card was frozen, according to the affidavit.

“(Roberts) is very clearly the leader of a substantial fraud ring in town,” Chief Deputy District Attorney David Waite said during a court hearing on the matter.

According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:

■ Erica Dibble, 31, was issued a summons Oct. 1 on suspicion of petty theft in the 500 block of 32 Road.

■ Someone broke into a building Thursday in the 3400 block of C Road and burglarized it.


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