Party crew members 'recruited' ASU students for fraud scheme

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron
By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

TEMPE – Seven men were arrested after a seven-month-long investigation by police in Tempe into a so-called party crew allegedly acting as a criminal syndicate.

Among those arrested are 21-year-old Calvin Howard, 20-year-old Darmon Lee, 23-year-old Christopher Roy, 20-year-old Tony Blue, 25-year-old Darnell Lemons, 21-year-old Tymothy McCrun and 21-year-old Stevvan Loai.

Police say the men intentionally defrauded several local banks and customers by conducting a ‘check kiting’ scheme. The suspects would allegedly recruit unknowing participants, mostly Arizona State University students, to participate in the scheme resulting in the loss of more than $55,000.

The ‘recruits’ would be asked to open bank accounts and cash checks. The money would then go towards the advancement of the party crew.

Investigators determined that almost half of the checks given to the victims were stolen and forced by members of the party crew or a known associate identified as 20-year-old Adrian Compy.

Aside from the check fraud scheme, police discovered the suspects were also involved in felony and misdemeanor crimes in Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler and Scottsdale.

The party crew members were allegedly taking part in felony offenses on a regular basis for personal gain so they were identified as a criminal syndicate per state law.

Lemons, Compy, Roy, McCrun, Loia, Blue and Howard were taken into custody on Tuesday and face numerous charges including assisting a criminal syndicate and money laundering.

Tempe police say there could be more victims. If you feel you may have been victimized by these suspects or have additional information, you are asked to call Tempe police at (480) 350-8311.