TWIN FALLS, Idaho – Police say a man deposited tens of thousands of dollars into an Idaho Central CU account he opened using another person’s identity.
One of the accounts was opened online on Oct. 15, and over the course of several days, police say Cole Robinson deposited more than $50,000 in bad checks into the account using an ATM.
According to a police report, between 11:06 p.m. and 11:20 p.m. on Oct. 18, Robinson deposited 55 checks into the account. Then, police say, on Oct. 20, at about 3:45 a.m., he deposited eight more.
According to the report, most of the checks were made out to Mr. Green, a now defunct lawn mowing business. The man who owned Mr. Green told police when he was paid by his customers he would scan the checks into his computer and then deposit them into his account online. He then kept the original checks for his files. According to the report, the former business owner said Robinson had access to his apartment several times and would have had access to the checks, which were all from 2007 or older.
The rest of the checks were blank checks from Mr. Green, made out to the woman whose name allegedly was used to open the account. Two of the checks written out to the woman totaled $501,052.52, the report states, but the check made out for $500,000 was entered into the ATM as $50. According to the report, Robinson is shown on ATM security video footage depositing all the checks at the Idaho Central branch.