Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Counterfeiter Busted

State Auditor Shad White issued the following statement.

State Auditor Shad White announced that Special Agents from his office arrested Gregory Deante McCarty, 36, at his Jackson residence on Kennington Avenue following a three-month investigation involving counterfeit state checks.

The Auditor’s office was alerted by the Department of Finance & Administration (DFA) that several counterfeit state payroll and state tax return checks were being cashed across the metro area. As the case developed, investigators determined McCarty had forged these checks and placed them in circulation statewide since at least 2014.

“In this case we had an alert DFA analyst and safeguards in place to identify and apprehend the person orchestrating the operation without incident,” said Auditor White. “It’s important to protect state money and the checks of state employees when we learn about counterfeit activity.”

McCarty was presented to an April Rankin County Grand Jury and has a lengthy criminal history of financial fraud. Agents from the Auditor’s office are continuing to work with other law enforcement agencies to identify any potential co-conspirators. If you have information regarding forged checks for state government employees, please contact the Auditor’s office at 1-800-321-1275.

“I would like to thank the other law enforcement agencies assisting in this and affiliated cases, which include the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rankin and Madison County District Attorney’s Office,” stated White.

The Auditor’s office also noted that individuals and businesses lose approximately $18.7 billion annually from check fraud. State employees and all Mississippians should monitor their checking accounts closely and contact their bank immediately if they see any questionable transactions.

McCarty is being held without bond at the Rankin County Jail and charged with False Pretense as a habitual offender. If convicted, he faces imprisonment up to 10 years and $10,000.00 in fines.

As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Kingfish note: It appears McCarty participated in the Hinds County Catch & Release program.  If so, MDOC needs to go get its prisoner.


Anonymous said...

The Auditor has his own special agents?

YEE HAW!!!!!!!!


(Just leave the big boys and girls alone. Keep busting them low level people and LOCK THEIR SHIT UP!!!)

Anonymous said...

Sure hope that Auditor White remembers to use inflation to adjust the value of the past years ripped off $$$. Otherwise Nancy Loon and the other haters may suffer additional heart attacks.

Anonymous said...

Low level my ass. Read what is put before you, above, genius. ONE DAY TO SERVE followed by unsupervised probation. Catch and release at its finest. But he such a good boy.

Anonymous said...

@12:09 PM
If you have any specific evidence regarding crimes please notify the State Auditor's Office immediately. If you have evidence of crimes that the State Auitor has ignored or covered up, please notify Kingfish of your evidence. He would love the scoop.

Otherwise, keep your cowardly anonymous slander to yourself.

Anonymous said...

White added that the $23,000 stolen would be enough to fund $11,000 pay raises for all state employees -- provided you follow standard Junior State Auditor protocols of ignoring inflation, the consumer price index, depreciation, decimal places, and contradictory facts you don't like.

Anonymous said...

1:01 Someone hit a nerve with you! Calm down Mr. Auditor (or designated lackey for monitoring unpleasant online postings). I find it hilarious that you are chastising someone for being an anonymous poster on this site. I am assuming that your actual name is anonymous?

Anonymous said...

McCarty..must be a Scotsman from Jackson.

Anonymous said...

On WAPT they show the checks. Dang, they look really good.

Anonymous said...

And why did the DFA nor Shad not call the FBI? Counterfeiting is a federal offense and we could have ridden the state of this cost forever. But no, it’s about politics and political credit.

Anonymous said...

@7:38 PM - the US Secret Service has responsibility for counterfeiting, both currency and checks.

However, if Shad passed this to the SS, you would be bitching and moaning.

Admit it - you don't like Shad. I wonder why? Cutting into your rice bowl?

Anonymous said...

Pickering was one lazy auditor.

Anonymous said...

I agree, why are the Feds not handling this i.e. housing this skumbag?

Anonymous said...

9:26 PM, I'm so jealous. I wish I had a name invented in 3,000 BC, back when baby blood was a cure for the common cold.

Anonymous said...

@ 7:738PM, "could have ridden the state of the cost forever" .. how? The costs are salaries of state employee investigators that would have been paid regardless. They'd just been assigned to another case.

Anonymous said...

Where’s the federal nexus?

Anonymous said...

1:05...I think he is talking about the cost of incarcerating this bozo for the next 10 years. Why put that cost on the state?

Anonymous said...

4:05, you mean jurisdiction? We are not talking about state currency are we? That went away after the civil war.

We are talking about the US dollar. Don't tell me the feds don't have any interest.

Go back to reading your Phoenix University law books.

Anonymous said...

6:38 Fair criticism. Maybe because these are state government warrants counterfeited, the state wanted to handle business and make an example. The state gets labor work out of them anyway and MDOC robs from the inmate commissary fund, so it's kind of like an investment of sorts.

Anonymous said...

April 24, 2019 at 7:38 PM- Anonymous said: My response:

Why the FBI did not intervene in this. To answer that rather simple question is because the FBI will RARELY touch those type cases. If they do, it would go on and on in the federal loopholes which burden the federal courts. Doing it this way is a simple way to make sure this "outstanding young gentleman"(Sarcasm obvious, yes!) is off the streets and unable to steal YOUR money for many years to come, if ever again. He's actually facing MUCH more than ten years. He's potentially facing life. If you had done your research you would have seen that McCarty has been doing this since at least 2007. That's it! No job, No other form of income. Just stealing your hard earned money. While sitting at home. He's been in prison a half dozen times for the exact same crime. At some point it becomes obvious rehabilitation is no longer an option. No matter if it were the feds or the state police, what does it matter. He's in jail. He wont get out. And the days of him stealing, and I repeat, YOUR money, are over. You're welcome. Also if you want a good laugh look at the Article in which the Jackson Free Press wrote on him in 2014. Pretty much explains everything you need to know. Definitely worth the read.

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