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Police need help in cracking counterfeit check case

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By The Staff

JASPER - The Indiana State Police and Jasper City Police Department are investigating several counterfeit checks being passed and cashed.

A group of Hispanic males began visiting area convenience and grocery stores and cashing fraudulent checks in mid-February. The checks appear to be from legitimate businesses, but those firms have no record of them.

All of the checks so far have been made for amounts just under $500 and have been made payable to different individuals.

"I caution any employee that has the opportunity to cash checks to make sure that you look at the people’s identifications and document who it is that is cashing the checks," Detective Rob Gardner said. "In the cases I’m investigating all the checks were cashed after regular banking hours so calling the bank to verify the validity of the checks was not an option."

The male suspects are described as being Hispanic and in their 40s. No other description is available at this time.

The businesses that have been victimized are located from Jasper and Huntingburg to Princeton and Bedford.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to either call Gardner at the Jasper Post at (800) 742-7475 or Detective Lisa Miller at the Jasper Police Department at (812) 482-2255.