May 11, 2011
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Trivillus Marquiso Harris' mug shot from an arrest in 2006. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Beach Police Department
By David Swarts
Ty Lewis, also known as (a.k.a.) Trivillus Lewis, a.k.a. Trivillus Harris, the man Vesrah Suzuki Team Owner Mark Junge claims used a fake cashier's check to defraud him out of $30,000 worth of racebikes, spare engines and parts, is in police custody in Virginia.
"It looks like he [Trivillus Marquiso Harris] has been arrested. He was arrested and is in the Pamunkey Regional Jail, in Hanover, Virginia," Adam L. Bernstein, Public Information Officer/Spokesman, Virginia Beach Police Department, told Roadracingworld.com Wednesday. "We had warrants on file: Two counts of obtaining money by false pretense and two counts of forging bank notes. Those warrants were issued on May 3, and the warrants were served on him on May 5."
According to Officer Bernstein, who relayed information from a police report, Trivillus, age 38, was arrested by police May 4, transferred to Pamunkey Regional Jail and served with his outstanding felony warrants out of Virginia Beach.
"The victim sold a car to the suspect," said Officer Bernstein, reading from the report. "Suspect paid with a [$20,000] counterfeit check. Victim was notified by her bank that the check was counterfeit. She contacted the suspect, asked him to return the car but he never showed up. He then left the car at a Wawa, which is a local gas station. She provided information to detectives of him talking to her about motorcycles."
That case was from March, but more recently Ty Lewis, a.k.a. Trivillus Lewis, a.k.a. Trivillus Harris allegedly used a fake cashier's check for $39,500 to defraud a man in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area out of a pick-up truck and trailer.
"I had a 2008 Ford F350 for sale I had put on Craigslist," Alan Brinkley told Roadracingworld.com Wednesday. "I owned a landscaping company I had sold over the winter, so I no longer needed a big truck like that. And the trailer I used to use was sitting here in the driveway. He inquired about that when he came to look at the truck, and we struck a deal for both."
Brinkley said a man who claimed he was Ty Lewis arrived at his home riding a Ducati motorcycle on Saturday, April 30 at about 8:00 p.m. local time, talked about being a motorcycle race team owner with a business in Miami, Florida, handed over a Wachovia Bank cashier's check for $39,500, loaded his Ducati in the trailer and drove the truck and loaded trailer away.
"[The check] looked legit to me. It had a watermark and everything," said Brinkley. Wanting to cash the check and pay off his loan on his truck so he could get the title to Lewis as soon as possible, Brinkley said he went to a Wachovia bank branch, and even bank employees could not immediately tell that the check was a fake. "The bank manager didn't even question it. They said it was the routing numbers that led it back as a bogus check. It was a good fake check. It took him about 30-40 minutes to determine it was a bogus check. It was a good forgery.
"I immediately went to the police station and started that," continued Brinkley. "And the whole time I was in the police station he [Lewis] was texting me, saying he was going to wire me the money, the next day he would get the money out because they put a hold on the money. He kept telling me excuse after excuse."
Police were able to recover Brinkley's truck, and with assistance from Ty Lewis, a.k.a. Trivillus Lewis, a.k.a. Trivillus Harris, before he was incarcerated, they were also able to recover the 24-foot enclosed Hallmark trailer.
Roadracingword.com learned of Brinkley through posting he did on the WERA BBS message board. Asked if he had seen the photos posted there that were claimed to be Ty Lewis, a.k.a. Trivillus Lewis, a.k.a. Trivillus Harris, Brinkley said, "Yes, I have."
When asked if that was the same person he tried to sell his truck and trailer to, Brinkley said, "Oh, yeah. I saw your original article through those threads, and I actually called that police department [Racine County Sheriff's Department in Wisconsin] to tell them he was arrested in Hanover and was being extradited to Virginia Beach. So I hope they [also] get with him real soon. I hope that they keep him incarcerated for the better part of the next decade, at least."
Inquiries by Roadracingworld.com with the Pamunkey Regional Jail to obtain more information about the arrest of Ty Lewis, a.k.a. Trivillus Lewis, a.k.a. Trivillus Harris were not immediately answered Wednesday afternoon.
"It's awesome news," Junge said when Roadracingworld.com informed him that Ty Lewis, a.k.a. Trivillus Lewis, a.k.a. Trivillus Harris had been arrested. "Hopefully, we can find the bikes, but I'm not expecting to. I'm just really thankful for all of the support and effort everyone in the racing community, especially the folks on the WERA BBS, have put into finding this guy and trying to find our stuff. It just goes to show what a great community we have, and one dirt bag isn't going to change that."