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Forrest City Cops Found Guilty of Bank Fraud; One Defendant 'On the Lamb'

AUGUST 13, 2004 - Posted at 3:05 p.m. CDT


LITTLE ROCK, AR - U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins today released information about federal indictments and resulting guilty pleas against at least two Forrest City police officers.

According to Cummins, an indictment was filed in May charging Lucas Carroll, Chris McGill and David McGill with one count of aiding and abetting bank fraud.  At the time of the offense, Carroll and Chris McGill were were police officers with the Forrest City Police Department.  The indictment alleges that the defendants, aiding and abetting each other, caused fraudulent checks purportedly from State Farm Fire & Casualty to be deposited into various accounts in the Forrest City area.  The defendants then allegedly withdrew cash from those accounts before the banks could learn of the checks' fraudulent nature.

In June, Chris McGill pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court.  In July, Carroll also pleaded guilty to the offense.  Sentencing has not been set for either defendant, but each faces a statutory sentence of up to thirty years and a fine of up to $1 million.

David McGill is now considered a federal fugitive in the case, and an arrest warrant has been issued for him. 

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