Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Man Charged in Attempt to Cash Fake Payroll Check

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Police Briefs; Man Charged in Attempt to Cash Fake Payroll Check

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

A 30-year-old Maryland man was arrested Tuesday on charges of bank fraud, forgery, organized fraud and fraudulent use of a personal ID. He was accused of trying to cash a counterfeit payroll check at The Jacksonville Bank at 10325 San Jose Blvd., police said.

Police said the man walked into the bank at 12:30 p.m., presented a newly issued Florida state identification card and opened an account, depositing a check for $100 before leaving. A few minutes later, the man drove up to the bank's drive-through window and tried to cash what appeared to be a payroll check for $2,085.

The bank employee who had opened the man's account earlier discovered that he had used a false Social Security number in the application, and that the $100 deposit check had been written on a closed account, police said. When the drive-through teller told her the man was there trying to cash a check, she called police, and the man was stalled long enough for officers to arrive.

When police checked the man's car, they found eight more counterfeit payroll checks and two checkbooks and confiscated those. Further investigation showed the man had used a $100 check from another closed account to open an account at another Mandarin bank, and had been refused in an attempt to open a third at another bank in the area because of lack of proper identification, police said.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in Mandarin and Northwest St. Johns County, according to the Jacksonville and St. Johns County sheriffs offices:


-- A 13-year-old Mandarin boy was treated for dog bites Sunday afternoon after one of two stray dogs bit him while on the loose in the 3700 block of Aladdin Acres Drive. But police and city animal control officers caught the animals and impounded them after they charged at an officer.

Police said the dogs had been running loose when they approached some small children around 2:20 p.m. and scared them. The 13-year-old victim tried to get the dogs back in their owners' yard, but suffered five puncture wounds on his back when one attacked him, police said. …

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