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Police: Pair forged checks

August 11, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

AMSTERDAM-City police said officers arrested two individuals for making fake payroll checks.

Bruce Jessop, 21, of 8 Williams St., Gloversville, and Amy Johnson, were arrested Wednesday and charged with second- degree criminal possession of forgery devices and two counts of second-degree forgery. Both charges are felonies.

Police said Jessop and Johnson were arrested at a local motel in possession of a digital scanner/printer, a laptop computer and several stacks of blank stock payroll checks.

The suspects used a free online payroll software to make fictitious payroll checks and used fraudulent bank account information on the checks, police said.

Jessop was arraigned in City Court before Judge Howard M. Aison and was sent to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

Johnson had outstanding warrants from Gloversville and was turned over to detectives from the Gloversville Police Department, police said. An arrest warrant in the city of Amsterdam has been requested for Johnson.

Police say the forged checks may have been passed in several other jurisdictions since the beginning of July. The police request anyone with similar checks contact the police department in their local jurisdiction.

Arthur Cleveland is the Montgomery County Reporter. He can be reached at



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