Smiling Check Forger Identified, Search Is On

NORCROSS, GA — The Gwinnett County Police Department Electronic and Financial Crimes Unit is searching for man who flashed a big smile to cameras while forging a check Jan. 13 at Wells Fargo Bank. A man wearing a blue hoodie and a black vest walked into the bank, at 1625 Indian Trail Road in unincorporated Norcross, and used a forged check to fraudulently take $9,400.

After police made a media release of the man’s photos, tipsters recognized him and called in their tips. The man has been identified as Joel Alphonse Roach, 26, from Conyers. The detective secured one warrant for forgery in the third degree against Roach. His whereabouts are currently unknown.

If anyone has any information to share in this case, contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300. To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crimestoppersatlanta.org. Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Case Number: 18-014280

Photos courtesy Gwinnett County Police Department

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