Local pair busted for check fraud

MARYSVILLE Two men were arrested in Marysville late last month for forging fraudulent checks checks from the Snohomish County Jail their new home, at least for a while.

  • Thursday, August 28, 2008 11:57am
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MARYSVILLE Two men were arrested in Marysville late last month for forging fraudulent checks checks from the Snohomish County Jail their new home, at least for a while.
The manager of a State Avenue bank became suspicious when a man tried to open an account with a check in the amount of $486.25 issued by the jail. Shortly after the man opened the account a Stanwood grocer called to ask about a check written on that new account, with another mans name typed on the check.
That sent a Marysville Police officer on the trail, as he phoned the jail to ask about the checks. A bookkeeper told the cop that several things didnt smell right about the checks, especially the number, which was out of sequence by more than 1,000 checks and the fact that the payees address was printed on the check, something the jail doesnt do. Last, the signature did not belong to any jail employee the officer was told, and two signatures are required for each draft issued.
Soon another Marysville bank reported the suspect had tried to open an account the day before using another jail check, this one for $775. The teller let the suspect take $100 until the check cleared but the manager was suspicious and called police when another bank called her about a man trying to access funds from the unverified check.
Officer Goolsby said the pair have probably tried something like this before, as one suspect has 19 adult misdemeanors and two adult felonies on his record, as well as four juvenile misdemeanors.
The suspects wouldnt say how they got the checks, they didnt want to dime any body out, Goolsby said. They didnt want to implicate any of their friends. They werent that bright.
He said it only took one day to collar the pair, thanks to the banks cooperation. At one point a bank had the suspects return in person in order to give police time to be present.
I was in good communication with the banks, Goolsby said.
Snohomish County Jail commander Jim Harms wasnt too alarmed, emphasizing that nobody broke into the jail or violated any accounting procedures.
Every suspect booked into the jail is relieved of his or her cash that is put into an account which they can draw upon for purchases from the jail canteen, such as personal hygiene products or snacks. When they are kicked loose or transferred to another jurisdiction the balance is remitted by check,
They could have given them that check and they could have washed that check, Harms said, explaining that the original amounts and check numbers were probably altered by the perpetrators. We dont have any missing checks.

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