A two-man forgery team is busted in Arkansas City after hitting dozens of grocery stores statewide.
Darrin Ayers and Aaron Wilson from Oklahoma City were arrested at a Country Mart in Ark City. Police say they have cashed at least 50 phony checks in cities across Kansas.
Darrin Ayers and Aaron Wilson are charged with several counts of forgery. Police say they had fake payroll checks and false birth certificates, which authorities believe were generated by a computer system. The fake birth certificates allowed them to get a Kansas Driver's License and Kansas ID.
Investigators say it's one of the biggest forgery scams ever seen.
The two men got caught because they cashed a phony check at a Dillons store in Winfield. The employee's grew suspicious and got the suspects' tag number and the description of their car. The two men went to Ark City and dropped another check at the Country Mart where police saw their car and arrested them.
The two men had a large amount of cash and a Kansas map with numerous cities highlighted on it to show cities they had already hit or were going to. Investigators say that about 50 places were hit in Kansas alone.
The men had been using two different company names and the fraudulent checks were made out to a Chris Smith. Police say the suspects have cashed in on at least $20 thousand in this forgery scam.
Ark City police are currently trying to contact all the communities who may have been hit. They say this includes Wichita, Hutchinson, Wakeeney and Wellington.