- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - A Lakeland police detective has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing following allegations of check fraud and a subsequent State Attorney’s Office investigation.

The Lakeland Ledger reports (https://bit.ly/1fX8cVX ) 54-year-old Detective Steve Strickland had been on paid administrative leave pending the conclusion of a related internal investigation.

A Florida credit union sent a suspicious activity report to the FBI in November regarding accounts belonging to Strickland and his wife, Mary.

Authorities reviewed the records and requested the State Attorney’s Office to investigate fraud for three accounts used by the couple.

Investigators found Mary Strickland had signed her husband’s name to some checks and made transactions between the accounts to ensure they didn’t bounce. But investigators also found those transactions weren’t made with her husband’s knowledge, nor did the bank incur a loss.

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), https://www.theledger.com


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