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BANK CALLS POLICE ON BLACK CUSTOMER TRYING TO CASH LAWSUIT CHECK

A black Air Force veteran is accusing a Detroit-area bank of refusing to deposit money he was awarded in a racial discrimination lawsuit against his employer and calling the police because of his race.

Sauntore Thomas, 44, said he went to the TCF Bank in Livonia, Michigan, to deposit $99,000, when bank employees said they were having issues verifying his checks, Fox News affiliate WJBK-TV reported. Thomas received the money as the result of a lawsuit against his employer, Enterprise Leasing Company of Detroit, who he accused of racial bias.

The checks didn’t appear to be legitimate when bank staff scanned them, TCF spokesman Tom Wennerberg said. He noted that Thomas has a 52-cent account balance at the time and had no recent back activity.

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