Police bust counterfeit ring at local Pizza Hut

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Police say more than two dozen people who bought pizzas at a store in Germantown were victims of a counterfeiting ring.

Authorities charged the former manager of the Pizza Hut and two alleged accomplices.

Former manager Kenneth Moon is accused of identity theft trafficking while Kendrick Bankhead and Calvin Fletcher are both charged with forgery. All are in their upper 20's. Bankhead is from Brooksville, Mississippi, and the other two are from Memphis.

Germantown Detective Captain Lee Covey says the suspects used checks written by customers to create counterfeit documents. Police say the phony checks were either used to buy merchandise or sold to others.

Once the investigation narrowed the common shopping habits of the victims to the specific Pizza Hut, a detective began watching Moon.

Authorities say he found checking account and routing numbers written on pieces of paper in Moon's trash bags outside his residence.

Covey says the operation passed at least $60,000 in phony checks since December.