At approximately 3:15 PM on June 6, 2017, Deputies from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office were contacted by personnel within the Preferred Credit Union on Storey Road, in Otisco Township.
The initial call was in reference to a subject who was reported to have been traveling from branch to branch around the state attempting to pass forged checks and defraud the bank in Belding.
After the subject had attempted to do this at the Belding branch of Preferred Credit Union, Deputies were able to make contact with this subject before they could leave the scene. It was determined that criminal activity had taken place in the form of fraudulently created checks being passed to the bank in an attempt to have these forged checks cashed.
Detectives from the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and assisted with this incident through interviews and further investigation. A second suspect was identified and subsequently apprehended by Deputies for also passing forged checks at the same branch location on a previous date. Both subjects were taken into custody in reference to these incidents, and were lodged at the Ionia County Jail.
On June 7, 2017, two suspects were arraigned in the 64A District Court on charges stemming from the investigation at Preferred Federal Credit Union in Otisco Township on June 6th.
Sherray Littleton and Denell Littleton, cousins from Detroit, were both charged in the case. The women do not have any connection to Ionia County. It is believed that they targeted different branches of Preferred Federal Credit Union in West Michigan to commit their crimes, along with another male suspect who is not being identified at this time as he has not been charged.
The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work to identify other possible suspects involved and other locations where these suspects may have cashed fraudulent checks. This case remains under investigation as the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office works with other jurisdictions to determine the extent of this fraudulent check scam.