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  • News Release: Gwinnett County Police Department 12/6/2023

    Story contact:
    Cpl. Ryan Winderweedle #1002
    Public Information Officer
    Media Line Only: 770.513.5209
    PDPIO@GwinnettCounty.com
    Case Number:  GP230038527 
     
    $250,000 FRAUD ATTEMPT
     

     
    Update #1: (Lawrenceville, Ga., December 6, 2023) – The suspects who facilitated the $250,000 fraud were identified as Carlos Garcia (50, Marietta) and John Barber (59, Dunwoody).  Detectives noticed another large fraud at the same Bank of America had taken place on May 5, in which $170,000 was fraudulently obtained, by a suspect later identified as Tyler Felty (32, Goshen, Indiana).  Felty had transferred the fraudulently obtained funds to an account belonging to Mercedes Watson (33, Morrow).
    During the investigation, it was determined that the two thefts were coordinated by the same individual, Mathaniel Worthy (34).  Security footage, digital evidence, and statements made during interviews with the suspects’, showed Worthy was coordinating, transporting, and facilitating the thefts and money laundering.
    Each of the individuals involved in the investigation participated in racketeering activity for the purpose of furthering the criminal enterprise.  As a result of the investigation 29 arrest warrants were obtained. Arrest warrants were obtained for the following charges:
     
    Carlos Garcia: Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), Records and reports of currency transactions (Money Laundering), Theft by Deception, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Identity Fraud.
    John Barber: Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), Records and reports of currency transactions (Money Laundering), Theft by Deception, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Identity Fraud.
    Tyler Felty: Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), Records and reports of currency transactions (Money Laundering), Theft by Deception, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Identity Fraud.
    Mercedes Watson (33 years old): Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), Records and reports of currency transactions (Money Laundering), Theft by Receiving, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, Identity Fraud.
    Mathaniel Worthy (34 years old): Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), Records and reports of currency transactions (Money Laundering) (Two Counts), Theft by Deception (Two Counts), Conspiracy to Commit a Felony (Two Counts), Identity Fraud (Two Counts).
    Further investigation into other members of the organized enterprise is still ongoing.
     
    Original: (Lawrenceville, Ga., July 18, 2023) – Two suspects attempted to fraudulently transfer $250,000 from a business account at Bank of America.
    On May 18, two individuals entered the Bank of America at 5500 Peachtree Pkwy in Peachtree Corners with fraudulent identifying information.  One of them presented himself as the owner of a local recycling business and attempted to have $250,000 transferred from the business bank account.  At some point during the security check process, the transfer was halted.  Detectives are asking for help identifying these suspects to ensure no one falls victim to this fraud scheme.
    If anyone has any information to share in this case, please contact GCPD detectives at 770-513-5300.  To remain anonymous, tipsters should contact Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrimeATL.com.  Crime Stoppers tipsters can receive a cash reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. 
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