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Scheme targeted bank accounts

June 15, 2003

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— An Olathe man has been charged with running a computer bank fraud scheme that allegedly netted tens of thousands of dollars from victims throughout the country.

Investigators said they were still trying to determine the scope of the scheme allegedly run by John S. Alverson through his company, Marr Financial.

Alverson, 47, appeared Thursday in Johnson County District Court, where he was charged with a total of 12 counts of identity theft, computer crime, making a false writing and theft. Nine of the charges are felonies.

A judge set his bond at $100,000.

The investigation began in May when a Florida man contacted Johnson County authorities after he discovered that about $50 had been withdrawn from his bank account and paid to Marr Financial. The man did not authorize the withdrawal.

Alverson told the judge Thursday that he could not afford a lawyer.

District Judge Thomas Bornholdt appointed the public defender's office and scheduled Alverson's next hearing for Thursday.

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