From staff reports
A joint investigation between the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, the Macon Police Department and the Secret Service Atlanta organized fraud unit led to the Thursday, Oct. 10 arrest of a suspect potentially connected to financial fraud nearing $100,000.
Lt. Bobby Langford, BCSO detective, said 34-year-old Antonio Maurice Barron was apprehended in Lithonia during the early morning hours.
“We have reason to believe he has visited six states including Georgia,” Langford said. “The investigation has determined that (Barron) is a main player in the fraud.”
According to the sheriff’s office, allegedly Barron used fictitious checks in numerous Georgia cities Canton, Gordon, Juliette, Warner Robins, Sparta, Woodstock, Haddock, Lizella, Byron, Macon and Milledgeville. Other confirmed locations include Pell City, Ala., Oxford, Ala. and North Carolina, according to Langford.
Considering the scope of the case, the investigation is ongoing.
The BCSO began investigating a check fraud case involving fictitious checks written on MidSouth Credit Union accounts last month. The investigation was initiated when a report came in on a fictitious check used at Walmart.
Langford retrieved financial documents from Walmart stores and the MidSouth location in Macon. He also viewed surveillance video of the suspect using the checks to purchase items at a Canton area Walmart.
The suspect allegedly used the stolen identity Mamadou Niang during these instances.
Work with the Secret Service helped all local, state and federal parties involved.