Troopers: Schenectady man took $12K through fraudulent checks

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LATHAM – A Schenectady man took more than $12,000 by cashing fraudulent checks, state police said this week.

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Travis T. Blanchard, 27, of Schenectady, was arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree grand larceny, third-degree attempted grand larceny and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, felonies.

He is accused of cashing fraudulent checks totaling more than $12,000 at separate Pioneer Bank locations in the Capital Region, state police said.

Blanchard is also accused of attempting the same scheme at two other locations, but was turned away, troopers said.

State police began investigating after the victim reported they had been contacted by the bank about the validity of the checks being cashed against the victim’s bank account, troopers said.

Troopers found Blanchard in Schenectady Tuesday and he was taken into custody without incident, state police said.

He was processed and arraigned in both Brunswick and Colonie. He was released under probation supervision by both to return to court later.

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