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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Five Ocala residents arrested, one at large, after allegedly defrauding $22,000 from local bank

Five Ocala residents were arrested, and a sixth person is currently at large, after more than $22,000 was defrauded from a local bank.

According to an Ocala Police Department social media posting, Ocala residents Kylashia Ikeya Daniels, Quiana High, Monika Eliane Keyola Thagard, Dequarius Anderson, Shannon Le-neir Montgomery, Jr., and G’Nashi Barnes allegedly worked together to steal money from a local bank.

Six Ocala residents facing felony charges for organized fraud 1
22-year-old Kylashia Ikeya Daniels (left) and 18-year-old Quiana High (right)
Six Ocala residents facing felony charges for organized fraud 2
20-year-old Monika Eliane Keyola Thagard (left) and 28-year-old Dequarius Anderson (right)
Six Ocala residents facing felony charges for organized fraud 3
24-year-old Shannon Le-neir Montgomery, Jr.

They allegedly opened bank accounts and deposited multiple counterfeit checks into their accounts via mobile deposit.

The cash was then withdrawn prior to the bank recognizing the counterfeit checks. Following these withdrawals, a video was recorded that showed stacks of cash being waved in front of the camera.

Six Ocala residents facing felony charges for organized fraud
A video showed cash being waved in front of the camera

Once the scheme was discovered, Daniels, High, Thagard, Anderson, and Montgomery were arrested and transported to Marion County Jail. They are each facing a felony charge for organized fraud greater than $20,000.

Barnes is currently at large and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.

According to OPD, the case is still under investigation.