2012-05-31 / Local & State

Forged Pa. County Court Checks Cashed At Wal-Marts

INDIANA, Pa. ( AP) – State police say more than two dozen phony checks fabricated using account information from a western Pennsylvania county courts office have been cashed for about $53,000 at various Wal-Mart stores in eastern Pennsylvania.

State police in Indiana, Pa. have yet to charge anyone in the scam involving checks cashed between April 10 and 17 at stores in the Wilkes-Barre and Mount Pocono areas.

Police say the checks are drawn on an Indiana County Clerk of Courts fund that contains restitution paid by criminal defendants that is supposed to go to victims of crimes. Police believe someone obtained the routing number of that account and other information to forge the checks. The county courts are located about 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Police are reviewing surveillance video with Wal- Mart security officials to determine who’s behind the crimes.

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