A Texas man has been charged for a fraudulent scheme involving $43,736.17 and a District Township property.
Tyrone McCray, 55, of Allen, Texas, has been charged with Criminal Conspiracy Theft by Deception (F3) / 2 Counts, Criminal Conspiracy Unlawful use of Computer (F3), Criminal Conspiracy Identity Theft (F3), Criminal Conspiracy False Swearing (M3), Receiving Stolen Property (F3), and Secure Execution of Documents by Deception (M2).
This Fraud Investigation was initiated in August 2017, when the Berks County Treasurer’s Office realized that they were the victim of a fraud resulting in a financial loss of approximately $43,736.17.
The funds were the remaining balance of the sale of the property located at 60 Hemlock Drive, District Township, Berks County, after all delinquent taxes were paid in full. The owner of the property was identified as George Butler Jr.
The matter was referred to the Berks County Detective’s Office for investigation.
Through the course of this investigation, the Berks County Detective’s Office was able to identify Tyrone McCray, posing as George Butler Jr., and believe that either him or an unknown co-conspirator submitted a fraudulent passport and accompanying documents to the Berks County Treasurer’s Office. He purported to be George Butler Jr. and was requesting that the Berks County Treasurer’s Office release the remaining balance of the funds from the sale of his property.
As a result, a check payable to George Butler Jr. in the amount of $43,736.17 was issued and mailed to a business address in Sanford, North Carolina. The business was identified as Traveling Mailbox which is a commercial mail receiving agency which forwards mail for customers to an address selected by the customer.
The check was then forwarded to an address in Tampa, Florida, and ultimately destined to Tyrone McCray posing as George Butler Jr., a resident in Allen, Texas.
On Monday, July 24, 2017, Tyrone McCray deposited the check payable to George Butler Jr. in the amount of $43,736.17, issued by the Berks County Treasurer’s Office, into his Navy Federal Credit Union checking account.
The Navy Federal Credit Union branch where this check was transacted is located in Garland, Texas.
The Allen Police Department in Texas provided assistance to the Berks County Detective’s Office throughout the course of this investigation.
On May 29, 2018, Tyrone McCray was interviewed by members of the Allen Police Department. During this recorded interview, Tyrone McCray admits to uttering the check in question in the State of Texas. He states that he got the check directly from George Butler Jr. who he met via a business deal.
Based on the review of the financial records related to Tyrone McCray which have been seized thus far, we believe that most of the money had already been spent within a short period immediately after the check was deposited.
On Nov. 7, the aforementioned criminal charges were filed at Magisterial District Judge Alvin Robinson’s Office.
Since the criminal charges were filed, members of the Allen Police Department in Texas, have been assisting the Berks County Detective’s Office in a cooperative effort in attempting to locate and apprehend Tyrone McCray in Allen, Texas.
On Nov. 26, 2018, at about 11:30 A.M., McCray surrendered by reporting to the Berks County Detective’s Office and he was immediately escorted to the Berks County Sheriff’s Processing Center to be fingerprinted and photographed.
McCray’s preliminary arraignment was held before Magisterial District judge Alvin Robinson. Bail was set at $50,000. McCray was committed to Berks County Jail.
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