Seven arrested for attempted bank fraud scheme

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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) -- Seven people were arrested at a Chase Bank in Sherman Thursday afternoon, accused of trying to defraud the bank. It was how one of the suspects was dressed that made employees suspicious.

Customers and workers typically fill the parking lot of the Chase Bank on North Travis Street in Sherman.

But around 4 p.m. Thursday, police vehicles and people in handcuffs occupied the area.

"Bank employees became suspicious when the two individuals entered into the bank," said Assistant Chief Stephen Dean with Sherman Police.

Dean says a person in a blue dress and one of the men tried to open up a fraudulent account.

"One of which was clearly a male dressed as a female," Dean said.

That's when police were notified, and in total, seven people were arrested. Police believe this isn't the first time they tried something like this.

"We believe that this is an ongoing crime spree in the North Texas area connected with bank fraud," said Dean.

Eric Banks, Semaj Turner, Justin Smith, Fabian Jessup, Javae Robinson, Demarquis Newson and DeonTre Hall are all charged with engaging in organized criminal activity.

"There were several using fictitious identifications so we are in the process of identifying them," said Dean. "It is possible that federal charges will be pending."

U.S. Marshals and authorities with the Texas Highway Patrol assisted the Sherman Police Department with the operation.

"It feels very good," said Dean. "I'm very proud of our guys. They do an excellent job."