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Southfield man accused of trying to use forged check at Bloomfield Township bank

Anthony James arrested after fleeing bank

Anthony James (WDIV)

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A 46-year-old Southfield man was arrested Monday after he allegedly gave a forged check to a bank teller in Bloomfield Township.

Police said Anthony James walked into the Flagstar Bank at 3915 Telegraph Road at 4:44 p.m. Monday. He walked up to a teller and presented a forged check, police said.

Anthony fled the bank with no money when the teller excused herself from the counter, officials said.

Officials took Anthony into custody after a traffic stop in Southfield a short time later. Two others in the vehicle were also taken into custody.

Investigators said Anthony had stolen legitimate checks. He is charged with one count of uttering and publishing, five counts of identity theft and two counts of receiving and concealing stolen property.

Anthony was arraigned Thursday at the Oakland County Jail. He is being held on $100,000 bail.

Anthony is scheduled to return to court Dec. 28.

The other two people arrested from the vehicle had outstanding warrants with other agencies, police said.