2010-10-07 / Police Reports

Three Charged In Check Cashing Scam

Three individuals were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson on a check-cashing scheme and remanded to the Franklin County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bond.

State police, Mc- Connellsburg, reported those jailed in connection with the incident that occurred on September 3 at the McConnellsburg and Needmore branches of Tower Bank were Aubrey Cleveland Heckstall, 38, and Richard Steward, 33, both of Baltimore, Md.; and Virginia Lynn Thaniel, 39, from Ocean View, Del.

Reports state Thaniel went into the McConnellsburg bank at 1:54 p.m. and cashed a fraudulent check before the trio drove on to Needmore. However, just prior to their arrival, bank officials determined the first check was fraudulent and refused to cash a second check. State police eventually stopped the trio’s vehicle in McConnellsburg Borough based on eyewitness descriptions, and additional fraudulent checks were found inside the vehicle.

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