Copperas Cove: Couple Charged In Bank Check Fraud Scheme

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

COPPERAS COVE (August 20, 2013)--A Copperas Cove couple was arrested Monday and charged with theft after bad checks were used to defraud a local bank.

Desron Martin Simpkins, 21, was in the Coryell County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $7,000 bond charged with theft of more than $1,500 but less than $20,000.

Brittany Marie Simpkins posted a $7,000 bond and was released from custody in Copperas Cove.

Police say a man and a woman used bad checks to open a new account at Extraco Bank in Copperas Cove and then withdrew funds from the account.

The manager reported the man and his wife deposited 13 checks totaling $10,600 into the new account between March 21 and March 25 using an automatic teller machine.

All the checks were returned to the bank marked insufficient funds, but not before the wife was able to withdraw $3,471.49 from the new account.

When she was interviewed by police the woman told them both she and her husband had written and endorsed the hot checks.

She told police she believed the checks would not bounce because she had overdraft protection.

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