OTTUMWA — Officers from the Ottumwa Police Department have conducted an investigation into two theft schemes involving fraudulent ATM transactions and the passing of “bad checks” at various financial institutions and numerous businesses in Ottumwa.
As a result of the first investigation, officers arrested Summer Dawn Blythe, 27, for conspiracy to commit theft second degree, a Class D felony; conspiracy to commit theft third degree, an aggravated misdemeanor; and ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony. During the course of the investigation, officers identified numerous fraudulent transactions totaling in excess of $10,000 dollars. The investigation into the conspiracy involving Blythe is ongoing, and more arrests are expected.
During the second investigation, officers identified a similar scheme, and as a result arrested Olen Brown, 42, and Shawn Forney, 38, for conspiracy to commit theft second degree, a class D felony; and ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony.” During the investigation, Officers identified approximately 28 fraudulent transactions totaling in excess of $2,500 dollars.
All three suspects were arrested Thursday and are being held in the Wapello County Jail on a $25,000 dollar cash-only bond.
During the course of the investigation, officers worked with numerous consultants from various businesses. The Ottumwa Police Department would like to remind area business owners that if they have experienced similar acts of theft, they contact the Ottumwa Police Department at 641-683-0661.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.