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Two arrested in involvement in Nigerian check scam

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Barbara Ickes Courtesy of Kosciusko Co. Sheriff's Dept Barbara Ickes Courtesy of Kosciusko Co. Sheriff's Dept
Desiree Blackburn Courtesy of Kosciusko Co. Sheriff's Dept Desiree Blackburn Courtesy of Kosciusko Co. Sheriff's Dept

Two women were arrested Monday after being implicated in an international check scam. The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department detectives arrested Desiree Starlette Blackburn, 20, and Barbara Ickes, 39, Harvard, Illinois, on their alleged involvement in the scam that began in October of 2012 when they began forwarding money to a Nigerian location.

Detectives were contacted after a resident believed he had been part of a scam. They were able to follow the trail of the fraudulent check back to Ickes.

At the home, officers located an elaborate "check-printing" process with fictious banking institutions along with list of several other potential victims throughout the country.  Ickes also provided detectives information that implicated Blackburn in the scam.

Detectives seized equipment and computers that are currently being analyzed. Information uncovered from the arrest was shared with United States Secret Service agents to determine if federal authorities can continue the investigation further.

Blackburn and Ickes were preliminarily charged with felony corrupt business influence & control, along with felony attempted theft.  Ickes was also additionally charged with felony forgery.

They are both being held in the Kosciusko County Jail on individual $20,000 bonds.

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