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Fourth suspect charged in check case

November 2, 2012
LEVI PASCHER , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE- A fourth person has been arrested in a fraudulent check-cashing scheme, city police said.

Steven VanAllen, 34, of 33 Fifth Ave., was charged Thursday with one count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Police said VanAllen cashed a fraudulent check at Naif's Grocery on North Main Street in August.

He was arraigned by City Court Judge John Clo and sent to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

Police said suspects in the check scam created fraudulent payroll checks and cashed them at local establishments. In the city alone, police said, officers have identified approximately 15 checks used in the scam, resulting in the theft of more than $8,000.

The three others previously charged in the scam include:

Gloria A. Dillenbeck, 42, of 2813 Route 10, Caroga Lake. She was arrested by city police Oct. 9 and charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Dillenbeck cashed a fraudulent check at Naif's Grocery on North Main Street in August, police said.

Bruce Jessop, 22, of 8 William St. He was arrested Oct. 10 and charged with one count of second-degree forgery, a felony, two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, also felonies, and three counts of petit larceny. Police said he produced and cashed three fraudulent payroll checks, two at Price Chopper and one at Naif's Grocery.

He was arraigned and sent to the custody of the Montgomery County Jail, where Jessop was being held on similar charges from the town and city of Amsterdam.

Amy Johnson, 22, of 39 West St. She was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny. Police said she cashed a fraudulent payroll check at Price Chopper.

She also was charged Aug. 8 with second-degree forgery, a felony, and petit larceny after being accused of cashing a fraudulent check at the One Stop Deli on West Fulton Street.

During Johnson's August arrest, she also was charged with first-degree escape, a felony, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. Police said she tried to escape custody while being transported from the Gloversville Police Department to the Fulton County Jail.

Police said they will continue to investigate any leads regarding the passing of fraudulent checks.

"It is hard not to expect more with the type of operation this was," said Capt. Anthony Clay. "However, at this time, we do not have any other immediate suspects."

 
 

 

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