Schenectady man indicted, allegedly possessed phony checks and driver’s licenses

If Jessica R. Robinson was not going 15 mph over the speed limit May 1, officials said, the 23-year-
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If Jessica R. Robinson was not going 15 mph over the speed limit May 1, officials said, the 23-year-old Schenectady woman might have been successful that day in cashing six phony paychecks using six phony New York driver’s licenses and a list of corresponding fake Social Security numbers.

Instead, Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies said, they discovered Robinson’s passenger, 44-year-old Maurice Fane, holding all of the fraudulent material, which officials said the pair intended to present at the various stores on the Route 30 commercial strip in the town of Amsterdam.

On Thursday, a Montgomery County grand jury indicted Fane, most recently of Van Vranken Avenue in Schenectady, on 12 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Deputies said Fane possessed a small quantity of cocaine as well as hydrocodone pills.

Robinson, of Paige Street, was not indicted but is still facing charges from the day of the traffic stop: aggravated unlicensed operation and fifth-degree conspiracy, a misdemeanor.

Deputies said Robinson had no valid driver’s license after three suspensions and three revocations.

Montgomery County District Attorney James E. “Jed” Conboy said the six phony driver’s licenses, all bearing Robinson’s photo, appear authentic — as do the six payroll checks ostensibly issued by a nonexistent company called Smart Energy of Route 30, Amsterdam. The checks appear to be standard bank-produced checks, and all were made out for $927.82.

Conboy said authentic-appearing documents are available from various underground suppliers in larger cities.

The day of the arrests, deputies said Fane was the subject of warrants in three states. Conboy declined to discuss Fane’s criminal background.

On May 1, Fane was charged with third- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Fane is being held without bail awaiting arraignment on the indictment.

Officials said Robinson told authorities Fane offered to pay her $300 to cash the checks.

Among the names on the phony driver’s licenses were Beverly Miller, Felicia Broadnax, Munoshka Batista, Bernice Stewart and Tamika Johnson.

In other indictments Thursday:

– Ricky Adorno, 36, of Glen Avenue, Amsterdam, is charged with third-degree robbery, fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree criminal contempt after allegedly taking his estranged girlfriend’s purse. An order of protection barred Adorno from approaching the woman. The incident occurred April 20 in Amsterdam.

– Monty R. Carmona, 41, of Locust Avenue, Amsterdam, is charged with first-degree criminal contempt and harassment after an incident Feb. 8 in Amsterdam. Carmona was barred by a court order from approaching the victim.

Categories: Schenectady County

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