Police arrest USF ATM fraud suspect

Tampa, Florida -- University of South Florida police say they've arrested a woman suspected of defrauding several USF students.

On Thursday evening, a USF officer pulled over a white SUV that matched the suspect vehicle's description. The driver, 30-year-old Guecoba Latrice Dow, had an outstanding arrest warrant and was arrested.

As Dow was being taken into custody, police learned that the passenger in her car was a USF student who had just completed a transaction at Dow's request at an ATM machine. The transaction followed the same pattern of previously reported cases: the student was approached by Dow and asked to use their bank account to deposit a check, claiming she didn't have access to a bank account and needed to cash a check.

Dow allegedly offered the student a ride to the ATM, and upon arrival, deposited the stolen/fraudulent checks into the student's account and withdrew the funds.

Detectives later determined the check Dow had the student deposit on Thursday was fraudulent, and that she had been involved in at least two prior incidents.

In addition to the charges from the outstanding warrant, Dow is now charged with one count of Grand Theft (felony), one count of Petit Theft (misdemeanor), two counts of Possession of a Counterfeit Payment Instrument (felony), and two counts of Scheme to Defraud (felony). She remains incarcerated at the Hillsborough County Jail at this time.

Anyone having information about Guecoba Dow or similar occurrences is asked to contact the USF Police Department at (813)974-2628.


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