Nineteen arrested in Westchester for international counterfeit check scheme

The Westchester district attorney?s office announced Wednesday the arrests of 19 men in connection with an international counterfeit check ring.

According to District Attorney Jeanine Pirro, the suspects carried out the scam in upstate New York where they used false identifications and claimed they were employees from a local company. They would cash fraudulent checks at a gas station where employees had check cashing privileges.

The district attorney?s office, working in conjunction with the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency, say five of the suspects had been previously deported. Pirro says $13,000 in checks was already cashed before the arrests. Police charged the men with grand larceny and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

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