LCSD Home
  About LCSD
  Inside LCSD
  Get Involved
  Careers
  News Releases
  Incident Reports
  Inmate Information
  Inmate Search
  Crime Statistics
  In Memoriam
  Civilian Safety Awareness
  Contact Information
  Sheriff's Newsletter









NEWS RELEASES
Major John Allard, PIO Office, 785-2415, 24-Hour Press Box: 799-2001, Ext. 1100

Woman Arrested for Attempting to Defraud Bank of More than $133,000


Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies in cooperation with the U.S. Secret Service arrested a 52-year-old Georgia woman on charges that on May 20 the woman presented a forged wire transfer document and counterfeit California driver’s license that falsely identified her as another woman at a Bank of America branch on St. Andrews Road near Irmo in an effort to transfer more than $133,000 from the bank account of a business to a man’s bank account.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said deputies arrested Vivienne Kaye Bloch, 52, of 2966 Jonesboro Road, Decatur, Ga. Detective Steve Baumgardner, who investigates fraud and other white-collar crimes, obtained arrest warrants for Bloch on charges of forgery involving more than $10,000, financial identity theft, defrauding a federally chartered or insured financial institution and financial transaction card theft. Bloch was being held on Thursday, May 23 at the Lexington County Detention Center on bail totaling $600,000.

Detectives are continuing to investigate Bloch’s involvement in a criminal ring that has submitted forged documents at banks across the country in an effort to conduct unauthorized transfers from bank accounts of businesses, defrauding banks of millions of dollars, Metts said. Bloch is under investigation in Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Michigan, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina in cases in which someone submitted forged wire transfer documents, cashier’s checks or cash withdrawals at banks in an effort to authorize the transfer of nearly $1.5 million from the bank accounts of businesses to unauthorized bank accounts.

Arrest warrants allege that on May 20 Bloch entered a Bank of America branch at 4300 St. Andrews Road and presented a forged Bank of America document for a wire transfer in the amount of $133,642.28 along with a counterfeit California driver’s license that falsely identified Bloch as another woman, Metts said. Bloch forged the name of the woman whose name was on the counterfeit California driver’s license on the wire transfer document. The forged wire transfer document would have authorized the transfer of money from the bank account of a business to a man’s Bank of America bank account.

Arrest warrants also allege that Bloch illegally possessed an American Express Optima credit card that had been issued in the name of the woman whose name was on the counterfeit California driver’s license, Metts said.

When they became aware of the request to authorize a wire transfer of money from the bank account of the business to the man’s Bank of America bank account, fraud investigators with Bank of America’s corporate office asked employees at the Bank of America branch on St. Andrews Road to report the incident to the Sheriff’s Department, Metts said. Deputies arrived at the Bank of America branch office on St. Andrews Road at about 10:20 a.m. on Monday and detained Bloch as she tried to leave the branch office.

Deputies requested assistance from Baumgardner in further investigating the incident, Metts said. Baumgardner then requested assistance from the U.S. Secret Service. Deputies later arrested Bloch.

Metts said the case remains under investigation. The sheriff asked anyone with information about additional criminal activity involving Bloch to contact the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can provide information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).



 


09/17/2014 - Road Closures  
09/17/2014 - Detectives Arrest Man for Trying to Steal Two Motor Vehicles  
09/16/2014 - Sheriff's Department Donates More than $3,000 to Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter  
09/11/2014 - Man Returned to Lexington County on Murder Charges  
09/09/2014 - Missing Person Investigation  
09/07/2014 - Woman Charged with Intentionally Setting Fire to Residence  
08/28/2014 - Fugitive Investigators Arrest Man Who Owed More Than $170,000 in Child Support Payments  
08/25/2014 - Sheriffs Department Donates Over 700 to United Way  
08/22/2014 - CrimeStoppers Tip Enables Detectives to File Charge  
08/19/2014 - Explorers Post 106 First Nighters Meeting  
08/19/2014 - Detectives Arrest Two Men for Stealing One Motor Vehicle and Stealing Items from Four Motor Vehicles  
08/14/2014 - Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Two Children  
08/08/2014 - Officer Involved Shooting Investigation  
08/07/2014 - Aviation Unit Recovers Stolen Vehicle During National Night Out  
08/04/2014 - Man Arrested for Attempted Murder and Heroin Trafficking  
07/31/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Two Deputies  
07/28/2014 - Homeland Protection Certification  
07/25/2014 - Two Men Arrested in Convenience Store Robbery  
07/24/2014 - Explorer Post Wins National Award  
07/23/2014 - Law Enforcement Re-Accreditation  
07/23/2014 - Job Fair and Open House  
07/23/2014 - Deputy Receives Distinguished Graduate Award  
07/18/2014 - Sheriff Promotes Deputies  
07/19/2014 - Detectives Charge Man with Restaurant Robbery  
07/19/2014 - Deputies Arrest Two Women and One Man for Breaking Into Home at Gunpoint  


NEWS RELEASES


An Internationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency 521 Gibson Road Lexington, SC 29072 (803) 785-8230