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DeWitt Police break up counterfeit check cashing scheme

— On June 18, the DeWitt Police Department arrested multiple suspects in connection with a counterfeit check cashing scheme. The DeWitt Police Department responded to the M&T Bank on Erie Boulevard at 11 a.m. on June 18 after receiving a call regarding a male who was attempting to cash a counterfeit check in the name of a local commercial business.

The investigation evolved and led detectives to several hotels in the Carrier Circle area where multiple suspects from the state of Georgia were located. The investigation revealed that the defendants from Georgia were involved in a scheme where commercial business checks were stolen and counterfeited.

The group then seeks out people to cash the counterfeit checks at various banks and return the currency to them. Multiple law enforcement agencies had been receiving complaints of counterfeit checks being cashed throughout Onondaga and Oswego Counties over the course of the last month. Detectives believe that this group is largely responsible for tens of thousands of dollars of thefts due to the manufacturing and cashing of counterfeit checks throughout Central New York and possibly elsewhere as the result of this scheme.

The arrests were the result of a joint investigation between the DeWitt Police Department and Syracuse Police Department. The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests and charges may be pending. Four men were arrested following the investigation.

Jacob W. Jones, 20, of Atlanta was charged with second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and third degree grand larceny. He was remanded to the Justice Center in lieu of $100,000 cash or $300,000 bond.

Laponcio W. Ross, 22, of Atlanta was charged with second degree criminal possession of forged instrument and third degree attempted grand larceny. He was remanded to Justice Center in lieu of $100,000 cash or $300,000 bond.

Travis J. Odom (also known as Cory Odom), 27, of Atlanta was charged with second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and fifth degree conspiracy. He was remanded to the Justice Center in Lieu of $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond. Odom was also identified as a Federal Fugitive wanted on fraud charges out of Kansas City, Missouri.

Edward Q. Hines, 21, of College Park, Georgia was charged with second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was remanded to the Justice Center in Lieu of $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond.

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