Authorities seek suspect in check forgery

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 9, 2012 

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is searching for a Bluffton man wanted for forgery.

Ted Delamarie Ellis, 32, is accused of cashing a counterfeit check at a local bank.

Destiny Adult Family Homes, an assisted-living community, contacted deputies last week about a counterfeit check that had been drawn on a business account, according to the Sheriff's Office. The owners said an employee of a title-lending business told them several of Destiny's checks had been recovered from a repossessed vehicle. The checks appeared to have duplicate numbers and were all made payable to Ellis for the same amount on the same date, according to a news release.

One counterfeit check had been issued and cashed for more than $1,500 at S.C. Bank & Trust in Bluffton. Ellis cashed that check, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Ellis' last known address is on Mill Street in Bluffton.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call Investigator Cpl. J. Garcia at 843-255-3412 or county dispatch at 843-524-2777.

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