GLOVERSVILLE - City police said three local residents were arrested recently after an investigation into a fraudulent check cashing scheme in the city and surrounding area.
Police said the charges stem from the suspects creating fraudulent payroll checks and cashing the fraudulent checks 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 from local establishments.
Gloria A. Dillenbeck, 42, of 2813 Route 10, Caroga Lake, was arrested by city police Tuesday and charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.
Dillenbeck was charged with cashing one fraudulent check at Naif's Grocery on North Main Street in August, police said.
She was processed, arraigned by Judge John Clo, and sent to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.
Co-defendant Bruce Jessop, 22, of 8 William St., was arrested on Wednesday 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 the charges against Jessop stem from him producing and cashing three fraudulent payroll checks, two at Price Chopper and one at Naif's Grocery.
He was arraigned before Clo, who sent him on additional bail back to the custody of the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, where Jessop was being held on similar charges from the town of Amsterdam and the city of Amsterdam.
A third co-defendant, Amy Johnson, 22, of 39 West St., was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny. Police said her charges stem from cashing a fraudulent payroll check at Price Chopper.
She also was arraigned by Clo and sent on additional bail back to the Fulton County Correctional Facility.
These charges are in addition to her charges from Aug. 8, when she was charged with second-degree forgery, a felony, and petit larceny and accused of cashing a fraudulent check at the One Stop Deli on West Fulton Street.
During the August arrest, she also was charged with first-degree escape, a felony, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. Police said she attempted to escape custody while being transported from the Gloversville Police Department to the Fulton County Jail.