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False Pretense Arrest

False Pretense Arrest


In the first week of September 2021, Lee County Sheriff’s Department discovered fraudulent activity taking place on the inmate commissary account. This account is used by inmates who are incarcerated at the Lee County Adult Jail to purchase items such as food and toiletries. An investigation was conducted by Lee County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. This investigation led to the arrest of Colby Wayne Courtney, a former inmate at the Lee County Adult Jail. The investigation revealed that Courtney had obtained the commissary account information while incarcerated from March 2021 to June 2021. After being released, Courtney began using the account information to make large fraudulent purchases. These purchases occurred in the months of July and August. Courtney was arrested and has been charged with two counts of False Pretense. His bond has been set at $200,000. Courtney was previously incarcerated for similar crimes and was out on bond at the time this occurred. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department will be seeking to have Courtney’s previous bond revoked.

Suspect: Colby Wayne Courtney (in custody)

32 Y/O; W/M

Charge: False Pretense X2

Bond: $200,000

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