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Fraud alert for area

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating several incidents of fraud that has occurred throughout Ralls County.
At this time the investigation has centered around two subjects from the Licking , Missouri area, who are currently suspects in these incidents.
The subjects, Robert Wilbur COPENHAVER (White Male 39 years old height: 5’9” weight: 145) and Robert Dale LANE (White Male 35 years old height: 5’9” weight: 125).
The subjects may also be in the company of an Amanda R. PETERSON (White Female 24 years old thin build)
Currently the subjects work for a company called Tech Edge, that is a sub-contractor for Ralls Technology (Ralls County Electric Co-Op) and have been installing fiber optic lines at various locations in Ralls County.
The subjects have been using fraudulent checks from a business in the Licking, Mo. area as well as personal checks on a closed account to obtain various services, such as motel rooms, food and gas, from local businesses and residents. Local businesses and residents are being warned not to accept checks from these subjects and are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department at 573-985-5611 if they should come in contact with either subject.  It should be noted that as of this time there are no criminal charges filed, as this is an active investigation and that all subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.