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Deputies: Junior impersonated Senior to defraud bank




Monitor Editor

Clay County deputies arrested a Melrose man after a teller at a Middleburg bank said he fraudulently withdrew money from his father’s bank account.

William Herschel Green Jr. was charged with nine counts of attempting to defraud a financial institution by scheme.  The charges against Green are not proven and he is presumed innocent until adjudicated guilty by a court.

According to a sheriff’s office report, on Jan. 14, 2010, a teller at the BBVA Compass Bank in Middleburg told a deputy that Green was in a teller line and was attempting to withdraw money from his father’s bank account.  The teller added that Green had successfully withdrawn funds from his father’s account in the past because both he and his father share the same name and tellers failed to  distinguish between Jr. and Sr. in Green’s previous trips to the bank.

The deputy wrote in a report that when he questioned Green about the transactions, the suspect told him he was authorized to withdraw funds from his father’s account. The deputy wrote that William Herscshel Green Sr. later disputed that claim.

The elder Green also told the investigator that his son cashed in the father’s money market accounts without authorization.

In September 2010, a bank manager and teller both picked William Herschel Green Jr. from a photo lineup as the person who impersonated William Herschel Green Sr.

Because bank tellers misidentified Green Jr. when he withdrew the cash, the bank and not the account owner bore the loss for the thefts.

The State Attorney’s office then obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect, but it was put on hold because the younger Green was in the Putnam County Jail on unrelated charges.  On May 16, 2011,  he was sentenced to three years in prison for aggravated assault with a weapon- no intent to kill. Clay deputies arrested him for the nine counts of fraud on May 17, 2103.

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