On January 6 an Illinois State Police (ISP) District 9 Trooper stopped a 2011 Kia Sorrento for speeding. During the routine traffic stop, the Trooper identified a subject wanted on three warrants and uncovered a fraudulent check scam operation. After stopping the vehicle on Interstate 55 in Logan County, a check on the passenger (Alex M. Ferguson) revealed he was wanted on no bond felony warrants for forgery in Lake, Macon, and Sangamon Counties.
During a search of the passenger compartment of the vehicle, a laptop computer, printer, numerous blank checks, and several pre-written checks for various recipients and dollar amounts were found. The checks contained a fictitious company name of "Charles Sykes Service."
ISP Zone 4 Investigations and the United States Secret Service were contacted to assist in the investigation. In addition, the Jacksonville Police Department was contacted because several fraudulent checks may have been distributed in the Jacksonville area.
As the investigation continues, the ISP and Secret Service are working diligently with local and county authorities to determine if other fraudulent checks have been circulated in their area. Additional charges are pending.