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Eight indicted in Schenectady County on charges of cashing fake payroll checks

Friday, May 11, 2012
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— Eight people were indicted on felony charges this week for allegedly passing forged payroll checks at Price Chopper, the Schenectady County District Attorney’s Office said.

The indictments come four months after a man pleaded guilty to federal charges in U.S. District Court in Albany, admitting he conspired to make counterfeit securities, an overall scheme that took as much as $120,000 from local businesses.

That man, Rhakim Rashon Atkins, admitted to distributing high-quality forged payroll checks to individuals from December 2010 to about July 2011. Those individuals would then cash the checks at Price Chopper stores on Altamont Avenue in Rotterdam or Eastern Parkway in Schenectady, according to federal papers. A “local corner store” was also mentioned.

The eight new indictments did not say if the cases were connected to the Atkins case. They involve the same types of allegations at the same two supermarkets, however.

Indicted this week were:

• Edward Herbert, 64, no address given, on two counts each of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and petty larceny, accused of passing forged checks Jan. 3, 2011, at the Altamont Avenue and Eastern Parkway locations.

• Cortnie Costello, 30, of 21 Bell Air Drive, Glenville, on one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and petty larceny, accused of passing a forged check at the Eastern Parkway store April 20, 2011.

• Gerald Rock, 48, of 1091 Congress St., on one count each of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and petty larceny, accused of passing a forged check Aug. 5, 2011, at the Eastern Parkway location.

• Bonita Garcia, 45, of 808 Eastern Ave., on one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and petty larceny, accused of passing a forged check Dec. 10, 2011, at the Eastern Parkway location.

• Ralph Fisher, 71, of 720 Albany St., on two counts each of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and petty larceny, accused of passing forged checks in April 2011.

• Brittany McNair, 23, of 19 S. Barney Road, Clifton Park, on one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and petty larceny, accused of passing a forged check at the Eastern Parkway location Dec. 8, 2010.

• Monique Brown, 27, of 105 Porter St., on one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and petty larceny, accused of passing a forged check at the Eastern Parkway location Dec. 20, 2011.

• Ruth Navarro, 44, of 15 Chestnut St., on one count each of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and petty larceny, accused of passing a forged check at the Eastern Parkway location April 13, 2011.

 
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