Criminal Profile: Felony Lane Gang
Dubbed the “Felony Lane Gang,” these crooks may sound like a group of hardened street thugs, but they are actually credited with running one of the most highly organized check fraud schemes in recent years.
The crime is relatively simple: members break into cars (commonly parked at daycare centers, gyms and parks) and snatch women’s purses. Driver’s licenses and checkbooks are among the most prized of stolen possessions, as these items allow thieves to write bad checks in their victim’s name.
With stolen IDs in hand, gang members go to the bank posing as the account holder and try to deposit bad checks. A key aspect of their plan is to use the furthest drive thru lane from the bank teller’s window—commonly known as “felony lane”—helping to elude the teller of their true identity.
The Felony Lane Gang can strike almost anywhere. They are over 100 members strong and have hit almost half of all states in the continental U.S.
Check fraud itself is a pervasive crime. Despite a decline in overall use, checks are still the most targeted payment type for fraud.
Felony Lane Gang’s leader was arrested in March 2014 and sentenced to 15 years in prison. However, the group remains strong, especially in Texas and on the east coast. Police believe some copycat groups may have popped up as well.
What Should You Do?
There are two great methods for avoiding run-ins with the Felony Lane Gang and other check fraud thieves: park smart and be proactive in protection.
Never leave valuables in your car. The Felony Lane Gang is methodical in their car theft approach, so always survey the area carefully and park in well-lit, high-traffic areas.
Be Proactive in Protection
Don’t let fraudsters leave you stranded. Be proactive and use check fraud protection services. Fraudulent transactions will be reimbursed within 72 hours so you won’t have to worry about a fraudster draining your account. Learn more about EZShield Check Fraud Protection here.
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