A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Elijah Zachariah Moore in Douglas County.
Moore, 24, of Atlanta, Georgia, was involved in a fraudulent check cashing scam that spread through at least four states last year. Similar instances had been reported in Georgia, Louisiana, Wisconsin and in the Minneapolis/St. Paul and Moorhead areas.
Moore was arrested along with Javonta Cornell Elliott, 21, of Lithonia, Georgia and William James Pierce, 39, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota after a bogus check was cashed at American National Bank in Alexandria on December 3, 2012.
Moore and Elliott were charged with felony labor trafficking, which has a maximum sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a $30,000 fine and aiding and abetting offering a forged check, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine.
Earlier this year, both men pleaded not guilty to the labor trafficking charge and guilty to aiding and abetting. After failing to appear at a hearing on May 24, 2013, a warrant was issued for Moore's arrest on May 28.
Elliott was convicted of felony aiding and abetting on April 24, 2013 in Douglas County court and credited for 65 days time served in the Douglas County Jail. He was fined $135 in court fees and given five years on supervised probation. Restitution is reserved until all co-defendants are sentenced.
One charge against Pierce, offering a forged check, was dismissed.