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Police: Counterfeit check scheme could be connected to ‘10s of thousands of dollars’ in theft

DeWitt Police have charged four people from Georgia in connection to an alleged counterfeit check scheme.
DeWitt (WSYR-TV) – DeWitt Police have charged four people from Georgia in connection to an alleged counterfeit check scheme.

According to police, their investigation began when they responded to a report of a person trying to cash a counterfeit check at the M&T Bank location on Erie Boulevard at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

Police say their investigation led them to several hotels around Carrier Circle where they found multiple suspects from Georgia.

Detectives believe the scheme is responsible for tens of thousands of dollars in thefts involving counterfeit checks made in Central New York and potentially beyond.

They say the fraudsters used checks stolen from commercial businesses and then counterfeited new fake checks.

The group then tried to find people willing to cash the phony checks and return with cash.

Police say they’ve received reports of counterfeit checks throughout Onondaga and Oswego counties.

Police have arrested:

Jacob Jones, 20, Atlanta, Ga.
Charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, second degree, and attempted grand larceny, third degree
Remanded to the Justice Center in lieu of $100,000.00 cash / $300,000.00 bond


Laponcio Ross, 22, Atlanta, Ga.
Criminal possession of a forged instrument, second degree, and attempted grand larceny, third degree
Remanded to Justice Center in Lieu of $100,000 cash / $300,000 bond


Edward Hines, 21, College Park, Ga.
Criminal Possession of a forged instrument, second degree
Remanded to Justice Center in Lieu of $100,000 cash / $200,000 bond


Travis J Odom - aka Cory Odom, 27, Atlanta, Ga. – Criminal possession of a forged instrument, second degree, and conspiracy, fifth degree
Remanded to the Justice Center in Lieu of $150,000 cash / $300,000 bond


Odom was also identified as a Federal Fugitive wanted on fraud charges out of Kansas City, Mo.

They say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests may be pending.

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