18-year-old scams Va. banks out of $70,000, recruited others to help


HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WSET) -- Officials said an 18-year-old is in custody after allegedly orchestrating bank fraud that cost banks in Henrico nearly $70,000.

WRIC reports Kaesha Frances Brooks would deposit bogus checks into brand new checking accounts and then withdraw some of the money before banks caught on.

According to officials, Brooks "executed a card cracking scheme" by recruiting people to open up checking accounts at Virginia Credit Union. She would increase the balance in those accounts with bogus checks and later with some money from the accounts from ATM's.

Detectives said Brooks used social media to recruit help for the scheme.

Court documents show that Brooks got away with the fraud for more than a year before U.S. Marshals arrested her Wednesday.

A judge ruled Brooks a flight risk and denied her bond.

Brooks will remain in jail until her next court date on June 25.

Investigators believe that while Brooks stole roughly $70,000, although the real total could be more than double.

There is no mention where the money possibly went.

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