Federal authorities say three men from South Jersey have been charged with negotiating fraudulent checks with forged signatures.

The following people are each facing one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud:

  • 30-year-old Eugene O. Koranteng of Maple Shade
  • 28-year-od Emmanuel S. Yirenkyi of Maple Shade
  • 28-year-old Misty Sarfo-Adu of Deptford

U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger's office reports,

Koranteng, Yirenkyi, and Sarfo-Adu conspired to commit bank fraud by obtaining blank checks containing the names and account information of unsuspecting customers of a credit card company. They made the checks payable to members of the conspiracy, forged the customers’ signatures on the checks, and negotiated the checks at financial institutions.

Prosecutors allege in July 2018, Sarfo-Adu messaged Yirenkyi a picture of four blank checks with the account information of a customer of a credit card company.

One of the checks was then made payable to Koranteng for $8,750 and deposited into Koranteng’s bank account. Another check was made payable to another conspirator for $8,750 and deposited into that conspirator’s account. Members of the group also deposited other fraudulent checks using other customers’ credit card account information into those accounts.

The count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud carries up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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