Window tint violation leads Secret Service investigation

37-year-old Craig Koonce of Bradenton, Florida. / Lowndes County Jail

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office and the Secret Service have recovered over $100,000 in United States Treasury checks after a vehicles is pulled over for a window tint violation.

Officials with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office say that on April 24th, a deputy assigned to Interstate Criminal Enforcement unit stopped a vehicle traveling north on I-75 for a window tint violation.

During the course of the traffic stop, deputies say they conducted a search of the vehicle and located one hundred twenty six individual United States Treasury checks all payable to different persons for varying amounts, with the total of the checks equaling $107,610.

Authorities with the department contacted the United States Secret Service and a joint investigation began between the two agencies.

37-year-old Craig Koonce and 44-year-old Keith Brooks, both of Bradenton, Florida and 37-year-old Eric Neri of Jesup, Georgia. Sheriff's officials say that each of these people have been charged with multiple counts of theft by receiving stolen property and remain in the Lowndes County Jail. Additional charges may be forthcoming as this investigation progresses.

Sheriff Prine is asking that anyone with information on this investigation contact the Investigative Division of the Sheriff's Office at {229} 671-2950, or the departments tip line at {229} 671-2985 or on-line at