Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, April 20, 2007

Arrests in Bank Fraud

Arrests in Bank Fraud

      Boise, April 20, 2007 - Boise Police arrested two California men Thursday who officers believe flew into Boise for the purpose of committing bank fraud.

      Arrested: Charles Edward Brown II, 45, Los Angeles, CA

      Charged: 2 cts Forgery, 2 cts Grand Theft, 2 cts Misappropriation of Personal Identification Information.

      Arrested: Ryan J. Quenton, 22, Anaheim, CA

      Charged: Forgery Aiding & Abetting, Aid & Abet Grand Theft

      Booking photos are posted at adasheriff.org.

      What Happened: Boise Police Detectives believe Brown and Quenton are responsible for a series of bank frauds committed at eight Boise branches of three separate banks between Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Detectives learned the pair was due to fly out of Boise later Thursday after flying into Boise Monday.

      Officers took Brown and Quenton into custody at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Washington Mutual Bank on the 2400 blk of Apple Street. A witness from a previous fraud gave officers a description of the suspect's vehicle. Officers found it to be a rental car. An officer saw the vehicle at the bank, waited for back up, and the two were immediately detained by police for questioning.

      The Scheme: Detectives say the pair had just committed the same fraud at the Washington Mutual as they had committed at the previous Boise banks; to use a legitimate bank account and pose as the bank customer using a fraudulent ID, attempt to deposit a large check, then withdraw a large sum of cash. Detectives are still investigating how the pair obtained the bank account information. Detectives believe Brown was committing the fraud, Quenton assisted.

      Regional Scheme? Detectives have learned that Suspect Charles Brown is also a suspect in several similar bank fraud cases committed in other states in recent months. Boise Police Detectives have been working with federal agents to connect the cases. At this time, officers believe this is Brown and Quenton's first time in Boise committing these crimes, but that too remains under investigation.