Fingerprint leads police to bank crime suspect

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WASHINGTON CITY – A man stopped by police last month for using a cellphone while driving, who was subsequently arrested on 13 felony charges for theft, using false identification, weapons possession and unlawful acquisition of a finance card, among others, faces additional felony charges for fraud and forgery Thursday after his fingerprint came back matching an alleged bank crime.

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Raymond Charles Schavey, of Moab, Utah, booking photo posted Jan. 7, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

On Dec. 4, a man entered Zions Bank in Washington and presented a Zions Bancorporation cashier’s check to the bank teller for $1,500 along with two forms of identification, according to a probable cause statement filed by the Washington City Police Department in support of the new charges.

The teller then had the man place his fingerprint on the cashier’s check, the statement read. Standard procedure requires individuals to affix their fingerprint to checks they cash if they don’t have an account at the bank.

The bank teller ran the cashier’s check through the bank’s system, the report stated, and discovered the check didn’t belong to the man whose name was on the identification.

When the teller went to notify a manager, the man left the bank.

On Jan. 7, police received a call from the State Crime Lab, informing them that the fingerprint on the check matched the fingerprint of 33-year-old Raymond Charles Schavey, according to the report.

After running Schavey’s information through Spillman, the statement read, police learned several personal identifications belonging to other people were found in Schavey’s possession during his Dec. 22 arrest, including the identification he had used at Zions Bank in an attempt to cash the $1,500 check.

Because the identification Schavey presented at the bank was that of an actual person, Schavey was charged with third-degree felony identity fraud, along with an additional third-degree felony for forgery and a class B misdemeanor for theft by receiving stolen property.

Judge G. Michael Westfall, of the 5th District Court, ordered $10,000 bail for Schavey’s release pending trial on the additional charges during his initial court appearance Friday.

Schavey was already in police custody at the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility where he was being held on $100,000 bond for his Dec. 22 charges, which include: three second-degree felonies for theft by receiving stolen property and knowingly producing identification without authorization; 10 third-degree felonies for possession of a firearm by a restricted person and unlawful acquisition of a finance card; two class A misdemeanors for false personal information with the intent to be another actual person and drug possession; and two class B misdemeanors for possession of drug and drug paraphernalia.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • NotSoFast January 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Nice work Zions Bank. Your systems work.

    • .... January 13, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Wow with a comment like that NotSoSmart you must be exhausted. Better take a nap

  • IDIOT COMMENTERS January 11, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    this guy is a real gem

  • .... January 11, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Probably some idiot from Az or Ca

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