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Bank teller thwarts attempted fraud

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An alert teller prevented a man from passing a bad check at the Capital City Bank at 7153 Broad St. in Brooksville.

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According to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) on the afternoon of July 15, a man later identified as 61-year-old Edwin Denton Jr. presented a more than $2,000 check to be cashed. The teller became suspicious about the transaction after noticing that both the account holder and the payee had out-of-the-county addresses.

The teller contacted the account holder via telephone who confirmed that the check was fraudulent. Bank personnel subsequently contacted the HCSO.

At the scene, deputies were able to talk with Denton who told them that he was a transient from the Orlando area and was approached by a man named Rich Youngblood who said he would pay him to cash checks. Denton said that before driving him to the bank in Brooksville Youngblood bought him a pair of jeans.

Denton described Youngblood’s truck as a silver Dodge Ram 1500, but neither it nor he was found at the scene.

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Detectives arrested Denton and charged him with passing a forged bank note.

He is being held at the Hernando County Detention Center in lieu of a $2,000 bond.

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