Vienna Man Wanted In Check, Casino Scheme
Police say man forged $250K check from Vienna bank, cashed it at a casino before fleeing the country
Fairfax County police are searching for a man they say forged a $250,000 check and cashed it at an Atlantic City casino before leaving the country with his wife and son.
The scheme began in January, when Michael Payam Oveysi, 36, of Vienna, allegedly deposited two checks worth $130,000 at the TD Bank in Vienna, the Washington Post reported.
According to a search warrant filed in Fairfax County Circuit Court, the checks were from the American Iranian Kurdish Community, Inc., of which Oveysi is listed as president. When Oveysi deposited the check, the company had less than $100 in the bank, the Post reported.
The next day, Oveysi returned to the bank and withdrew $8,000 and a $250 cashier's check, the Post reported. He digitally altered the check and used it later in the day at the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Oveysi, who worked at the Tysons Law Group in Vienna for about a year, and his family used fake passports to fly out of the country three days later. The first-generation Kurdish Iranian-American immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager. At the firm, he worked on immigration issues, the Post reported.
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