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100 years ago: K State student arrested after Lawrence check scam

February 9, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 9, 1913:

"Changing his name four times, finding a generous father as many times, and on each occasion a Lawrence merchant to cash his check netted Lee Shumaker, a K.S.A.C. student, $77 in cash Saturday night. However, this time the check artist failed to get. Only six hours after arriving in town and less than two hours after he began operations Shumaker, alias W. J. Thompson, alias A. M. Wilson, alias M. N. Teeter, alias A. F. Stephenson, was in the custody of the police.... Shumaker came to Lawrence Saturday afternoon from Manhattan. it seems that he connected with a number of checks from the Merchants National Bank and proceeded to make them out, using a different name for each check. The checks ready, and it being after banking hours, he called on several Lawrence merchants and by 8 o'clock had cashed four of them for twenty dollars each, realizing cash to the sum of $77. But Lawrence merchants have been the victims recently of several bogus check men and have been watching strangers and checks more closely than usual. Although four merchants accepted the paper and gave cash in return they were worried and immediately began to investigate and they found that they should worry. Quick action was taken and resulted in the apprehension of the smooth stranger and he is now being held in the county jail.... The young man is not of the sort that one usually connects with crime. He is of the exact college type, well dressed, clean shaven, wears his cap pushed back on his head, and is in every way a real Rah, rah boy. He wears a pair of nose glasses that add to his appearance, the suit he wore was of serge and showed but very little wear, his shoes were fresh from the shining parlor and his new brown overcoat completed the list. It might even be said that the young man was good looking, at any rate he had none of the marks of a crook.... Yesterday morning the prisoner wrote a letter from the county jail to a roommate at Manhattan, asking that his clothes be sent to him. He explained that he had been 'unexpectedly detained at Lawrence and would be obliged to stay here a few days.'"


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