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911 dispatcher, boyfriend busted after using non-emergency line to plan scam

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37-year-old Maggie Dillard and Willard H. Robertson, 30. Image courtesy of Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

A former 911 dispatcher and her boyfriend are building formidable ‘rap’ sheets after authorizes say they were recorded while planning a counterfeit check cashing scheme.

The Springfield News-Leader reports court documents reveal Maggie M. Dillard, 37, called her boyfriend, Willard H. Robertson, 30, and talked about “printing a bunch of checks” and how to best cash checks they had printed.

The Springfield News-Leader reports court documents tell how Robertson cashed a check at a payday lender Jan. 26, then attempted to cash an identical check two days later.

While Robertson waited, the manager of the lending company called the business listed on the check — a steel works company — and was told the company did not issue the check, nor did they know Robertson, documents show.

The Springfield News-Leader reports police investigators obtained the recorded phone call between Robertson and Dillard, the ex-911 dispatcher, and subsequently searched the motel room where the couple had been staying.

The Springfield News-Leader reports at the hotel, the investigating officer allegedly found a box filled with copies of checks for a non-existent businesses, check template printing paper and a receipt showing the check-template package had been purchased a few days before.

It appears the check scheme is not the only problem for the criminal couple.

Robertson and Dillard are also co-defendants in several alleged thefts at Springfield and Republic stores, and the Springfield News-Leader reports police say the thefts occurred after the forgery scheme ended.

Those thefts, according to the Springfield News-Leader, are described in several probable cause statements; one describing how the couple loaded up two shopping carts at a Wal-Mart with more than $1,700 worth of merchandise left the store with the items before police could make the arrests.

Police documents show Robertson also took a Kitchen-Aid Spiralizer, two chainsaws, leaf blowers and other items in separate incidents, according to Springfield News-Leader.

The Springfield News-Leader reports the prosecutor’s bond recommendation notes Robertson stole approximately $4,668 of merchandise from Springfield and Republic stores.

The recommendation also argued Robertson has repeatedly posted bond, then not showed up for court, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

After posting bonds of $15,000, $50,000 and $100,000 in the past, online court records show Robertson is now being held on a $500,000 bond, according to the Springfield News-Leader.

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