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Authorities seek man using religion to scam banks

Posted: February 9, 2012 - 1:52pm  |  Updated: February 9, 2012 - 1:55pm
Varquis Elbert Lewis
Varquis Elbert Lewis

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Columbia County authorities are seeking a man who defrauded an Evans bank by claiming a church affiliation.

The sheriff’s office recently issued an arrest warrant for Varquis Elbert Lewis for theft by deception.

Lewis, 30, secured a $10,000 loan from Security Federal Bank on Evans Town Center Boulevard by telling the manager he needed to purchase furniture and equipment for Union Baptist Church on Greene Street in Augusta.

After weeks of non-payments, the bank manager contacted a church deacon, who told him no one by Lewis’ name worked there.

Lewis also provided false tax and financial records to the bank, according to authorities.

Sheriff’s deputies believe Lewis worked the same scam on a bank in Statesboro, Ga.

Lewis is black, 5-foot-9, and weighs 245 pounds.

Anyone with information on Lewis and his whereabouts should call the sheriff’s office at (706) 541-2800.

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raul

Due diligence?

Doesn't sound like the bank checked with the church prior to approving the loan. Varquis needs to do some time.

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