According to law enforcement, the suspect was involved in a scheme to defraud the Franklin Board of Education. The scheme reportedly involved counterfeit checks, with the suspect and two other men allegedly conspiring to create fake checks and then deposit them in Chase banks in Manhattan, NY. The suspect reportedly used a valid check that had been issued to a relative and then created counterfeit checks, which he subsequently gave to the other men to deposit.
The suspect allegedly forged nine checks and stole more than $8,000, with the other suspects withdrawing the funds from ATMs across New York.
Law enforcement began an investigation into the suspect last month after a Chase bank employee notified them of suspicious activity at one of the bank branches.
The suspect, a 28-year-old man who lives in Franklin Borough, has been charged with multiple crimes, including forgery, theft by deception, criminal stimulation, and conspiracy.
The other suspects are both from the Bronx NY and are believed to be acquaintances of the NJ suspect. They have not yet been charged in connection with the case, but NYC prosecutors are expected to bring charges in the coming weeks.
For additional information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Man Accused of Conspiring to Forge School Board Checks.”