Initial Hearings Held For Chicago Fraud And Drug Suspects
Friday Apr 11, 2014 4:42am
Steuben County Courthouse Angola, IN
By: Jim Measel
(ANGOLA) - Initial hearings were held on Thursday for five Chicago area men who were arrested in the Angola Burger King parking lot as part of an investigation involving alleged fraudulent credit cards and drugs. 58-year-old Gregory Archer, 57-year-old Michael Parker, 23-year-old Malcolm Parker, 58-year-old Irving Fort and 31-year-old Darryl Murry Junior were all charged with Class C felonies for Fraud on a Financial Institution, Class D felonies for Possession of Cocaine and Class A misdemeanors for Possession of Marijuana.
The suspects allegedly used fraudulent credit cards with stolen numbers to get cash advances last Friday from several banks in Angola and Fremont. Police were called Wednesday at about 3:00pm when one of the suspects showed up at the Farmers State Bank branch on North Wayne Street with what were described as altered credit cards. The other four suspects were apprehended while they were in a white S.U.V. which had Florida plates. It matched the description of a vehicle used in the fraud of credit cards last Friday.
According to Steuben County court documents, items taken into evidence by police included nearly $4,300 in cash as well as Xanax, a stun gun and several credit cards.
Fort said he did not agree with the charges while Michael Parker said he had nothing to do with what happened and that he was just driving the car. Malcolm Parker said he had just come to Angola to buy a mini van and that he should only be facing one charge. He was successful in convincing Magistrate Randy Coffey to set his bond at $35,000. Bond for the other suspects was set at $50,000. No ten percent would be allowed since all of the suspects are from outside of Indiana. Deputy Prosecutor Nick Wallace asked for a $50,000 for all of the suspects because they had long criminal histories and the federal authorities were involved in the investigation.
Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of all of the suspects and their cases will go through Steuben Circuit Court. Archer's pre-trial conference is set for May 19th. The other four suspects will make their first court appearance on May 12th.
The Secret Service is involved in the investigation and there is speculation the cases will eventually be handled by federal authorities.
Police collect evidence from suspects vehicle following Wednesday afternoon arrests of five Chicago area men.