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Colorado Springs man wanted for committing check fraud scam

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The Colorado Springs Police Department is searching for a man wanted for a number of crimes involving identity theft and check fraud. The department says it has obtained an arrest warrant for Jaylen Alexander Mitchell, who is known to frequent the area around Fountain Blvd and Chelton Rd.

Mitchell is suspected of committing a fraud scam in which he uses the personal checks of someone else without authorization, the police department states. He then befriends an acquaintance and says that he just sold a vehicle and received the check as payment but has no ID card or bank account and, therefore, cannot cash it himself. He convinces his new-found friend to deposit the check and -- over the course of several days -- make withdrawals in cash and give the money to Mitchell. The bank ultimately discovers that the check is not valid and the victim is then responsible for repaying the amount of the withdrawals.

Mitchell is described as a black male, 5'11, 160 pounds. He has a thin build and is also known by the names "Jaylen Ross" and "Ross Mafioso." He is wanted for Identity Theft, Forgery, Fraud by Check, and Theft -- all felony charges. His bond has been set at $10,000.

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