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Three arrests made in counterfeit payroll check scheme

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The Double Oak Police Department announced that three men were recently arrested for presenting fraudulently produced payroll checks from a Double Oak business to banks in Dallas County and Arlington.

Jamie Lusk, 27, and Nikki Holder, 39, both of Dallas, and Obrian D. Mitchell, 20, of Duncanville, were arrested on forgery of a financial instrument charges after police reviewed bank surveillance video.

According to Double Oak Police Chief Derrick Watson, Lusk entered the Chase Bank at 6400 Skillman St. in Dallas around 11:18 a.m. on July 30, 2012, and drew $2,387 from the business account of a Double Oak resident while Nikki Holder entered the Chase Bank located on 225 N. Hwy 67 in Cedar Hill at 11:25 a.m. and received $2,354 from the same account.

Around 10:31 a.m. on the same day, Obrian D. Mitchell entered the Chase Bank at 4500 Little Road in Arlington and drew $2,424 from the same account.

Had it not been for the alert employees at yet another Chase Bank in Arlington on Arkansas Lane, Mitchell would have succeeded in cashing a second fraudulently produced check in the amount of $2,340 around 12:41 p.m. that same day.

Chief Watson said he believed the suspects were working together.

When asked how the men were caught, Chief Watson said that by obtaining subpoenas for each bank’s video surveillance system, it was clear to see each suspect made a payroll check out in their own name. 

Denton County Jail records show Lusk was booked into jail on Feb. 20, 2013 and Holder was taken into custody on March 5. Both men are being held on Double Oak warrants and charges of forgery of a financial instrument.

Mitchell was booked into the Dallas County Jail on Double Oak warrants and charged with two counts of forgery of a financial instrument on Feb. 16.  According to Chief Watson, Mitchell bonded out of jail on March 17.

Chief Watson said the investigation is ongoing.

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