Franklin Bernard Stegall, 52, of Atlanta, is charged with first-degree identity theft, a felony, and five felony counts of possession of a forged instrument.
Oxford Lt. L.G. Owens said police were called to Regions Bank at 804 Quintard Ave. in Oxford on Feb. 1 by bank employees after Stegall asked to withdraw $6,500 from a savings account. Owens said the bank employees recognized Stegall’s Florida driver’s license and American Express credit card as forgeries. Owens said the bank employees were trained well and noticed the fake license and card even though Stegall’s counterfeit techniques were good.
Owens said Stegall first went to a bank on Golden Springs Road in Anniston, but was turned away by bank employees. Stegall was also charged with resisting arrest when officers apprehended him at the bank, according to a police report. Police found another fake ID and credit card in Stegell’s possession after his arrest, Owens said.
The lieutenant said forgeries and identity thefts occur frequently in larger cities, but are sometimes more difficult to catch in less populated areas.
“Smaller cities often become victims because they’re more complacent with their transactions,” Owens said.
Stegall was being held in the Calhoun County Jail as of Friday afternoon, with bond set at $106,000 bond, a jail employee said. State records show a court date has been scheduled for March 14.
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