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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Woman charged in international online scam

Ahh, those Nigerian Scams always cause trouble!


Fayetteville police charged a woman for her participation in an international fraud scheme involving more than $7 million.

Police say 48-year-old Marie Elizabeth Register of Fayetteville printed and mailed 235 counterfeit checks valued at more than $500,000. Investigators say the scam targeted people selling items on eBay and Craigslist.

"When it came time to pay the sellers what she would do is, like say she owed them $100 she might would send them a check for say $500 or $600 whatever the amounts were, ask them to cash the checks to go ahead and take their money out and return the cash to her," police spokesman Dan Grubb said.

Police say Register ran her operation out of her home in a mobile home park on Caskey Drive off McArther Road.

"What she should do is there were several printed checks that either they mailed her or that she helped create fake bank accounts," Grubb said.

Register required sellers to cash checks valued at more than what she owed, keep payment for the items purchased and send the balance back to her via Western Union or Moneygram. She would then mail the cash to Nigeria. A total of 2,630 checks have been identified as printed with a total value of $7.1 million.

Register is charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, two counts of obtaining property greater than $100,000 by false pretenses, four counts of forgery of instrument and possession of more than five counterfeit checks.

ABC11 Eyewitness News learned that Register met her Nigerian contact in an online chat room.

Now, police are trying to determine if that contact has terrorist ties.

"We're not 100 percent certain that the people that she was sending the money to have ties to terrorism, but most certainly it's on our radar now," said Dan Grubb, Fayetteville police spokesperson. "And of course we'll be sharing information with other agencies as well regarding this case."

Register remains in the Cumberland County Jail on a $77,000 bond


Anonymous said...

Marie Elizabeth Register's son Michael Lee Wells is a well known narcissist sociopath! Many have been scammed by the renowned Michael Lee Wells of Goldsboro North Carolina formally from Rose Hill North Carolina, Dudley North Carolina, and Georgia and claims to residency in Germany. Michael Lee Wells ongoing claims to fame to include, Police and/or Law Enforcement Officer, Army and/or Military Officer, Wealthy Internet Businessman, owner and CEO, College Graduate with multiple degrees, Secret Agent with high level security clearances. Alleged possible associations with domestic and foreign fraudulent internet activity scams. Previous and current internet associations, FRandT, FR&T, frandt, MLW & Associates, MLW & Associates, LLP, Goldsboro Web Designs, Goldsboro Web Development Group, VRAUL / vraul, mytekweb, Home of Michael Lee Wells and many more. Most names posted as associates on his webpages are fictitious with the exception of Kimberly Colleen Wells, his wife. Michael Lee Well's mother Marie Elizabeth Register, aka Marie Elizabeth Register Wells is currently incarcerated within the Cumberland County, North Carolina detention center for alleged internet fraudulent activities, bond set at 77 thousand US dollars. His mother allegedly committed a $500,000.00 dollars internet scheme that the US Secret Service, FBI and Fayetteville Police Department and /or Agencies respectfully intervened and made appropriate arrest according to local and federal statutes. This can be review via the following links to WRAL and the reporting agencies.

Michael Lee Wells of Goldsboro said his mother met a man via computer and began an online relationship. He said she has had a tough time recently, going through a divorce and losing her mother.

Investigators said they believe Marie Elizabeth Register, who works in the lending business, was a willing accomplice in the scam and other suspects have not been excluded. She ordered items online and had them shipped to a fake address in Fayetteville, they said.

Police have found 2,630 checks so far that they have linked to the scam, with a total value of $7.1 million. They are still trying to determine whether the scam has ties to terrorist activity.
To date and currently Marie Elizabeth Register remains in the Cumberland County jail under a $77,000 secured bond.

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Anonymous said...

Information linking Ms Register to a donation website, she has registered herself as a administrator.

Anonymous said...

It would appear that above user's links were removed from Scribed. From Google Cache, it would seem that the user was flagged for harassment and the account was banned from Scribed.

Judging from the amount of pure ridiculousness of that other site which was linked, I would take any information in that site with a grain of salt. It would also seem that is a gaming website where some kids got a hold of some poor guys identity and trying to expose him in order to prove some strange point.