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Former landscaping worker accused of defrauding employer by cashing paychecks twice

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An ex-employee of a local landscaping company has been arrested after he allegedly used electronic trickery to deposit some of his pay checks twice into two different bank accounts.

The office of Alamance County’s sheriff ultimately arrested Brian Austin Copeland on Tuesday after a months-long investigation that began with a complaint from his former employer – Larry M. Isley Seeding – on December 21.

According to the sheriff’s office, the ensuing investigation revealed that Copeland had initially used a digital app to deposit his pay checks into one bank account. A few months later, he allegedly opened a second account, where he deposited the same checks yet again.

A 19-year-old white male from 3325 Spanish Oak Hill Road in Snow Camp, Copeland faces two felony counts, each, of uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense.

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According to the sheriff’s office, Copeland was arrested in Randolph County and placed under a $3,000 bond.

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