(WMC-TV) - Memphis Police made a huge counterfeit ring bust when officers uncovered a pile of fake checks and all the machinery it takes to make them.
Five women were arrested and booked into jail. They now face theft and forgery charges.
Documents prepared by a secret service task force indicate they were working for a man who set up a check-making operation in his apartment.
Carolyn Jackson and Sherelle Williams were caught outside of the Bank of Bartlett on North Germantown Parkway just moments after Williams allegedly cashed a bogus check inside.
Across town at the Bank of Bartlett branch on Austin Peay Highway, Marsha Bonds, Dareka Gray, and Romena Davis were arrested for allegedly cashing fake checks.
All of the checks were written for amounts between $760 and $770 and made to look like they belonged to an account for the Exxon Mart downtown.
Two of the women told investigators they got the checks from Brandon Hughes.
In his apartment, police say they found check stock, two computers, two printers, counterfeit ID's and social security cards.
Upon his arrest, police say Hughes refused to cooperate. He told investigators he already "retained a lawyer" because "he knew this day was coming sooner or later."
Investigators say they can attribute other counterfeit checks to Brandon Hughes.
Neither the secret service nor Hughes' attorney replied to Action News 5's messages.
Bank of Bartlett officials say for the safety and security of all their clients they simply do not comment on pending investigations with law enforcement.