A 21-year-old Rock Island woman is behind bars after police arrested her in connection with a fraudulent scheme to obtain money from a credit union in Davenport in 2019.
Court records say Alexis Similton faces criminal charges of second-degree fraud and conspiracy to commit a non-coercive felony.
Shortly before 1:15 p.m. on September 20, 2019, Davenport Police responded to the Vibrant Credit Union, 3801 Brady Street, due to fraudulent bank account activity. The officers determined that a group of people, including Simelton, had coordinated with each other to place empty envelopes at various Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) “declaring that the envelopes contained a valid form of currency when in fact they did not,” the affidavit says. .
According to the affidavits, Simelton will immediately take a withdrawal, causing the accounts to become negative. The defendants continued to conduct these fraudulent transactions until the accounts were frozen, at which time the other defendant would open a new account and continue the fraudulent activity.
Simelton and the other defendants submitted multiple entries “with the knowledge that the entries/information listed are false, with such entries totaling more than $1,500 and less than $10,000,” the affidavits say.
Similton, who was arrested under a warrant, is being held on $5,000 bail at the Scott County Jail. She is set for a preliminary hearing in Scott County Courthouse on September 20 – three years to the day the crime was committed.