Friday, March 29, 2013
Bethlehem man is accused of cashing two checks he was not authorized to cash while his boss was out of the country, according to court papers.
A limousine driver is accused of taking advantage of his boss for about $850 while the boss, whose business is in Bethlehem Township, traveled for two weeks out of the country in September. Court records say the driver, Anthony Alexander, 26, of Bethlehem cashed without authorization one of seven checks the boss had entrusted to him while he drove the boss to JFK International Airport in New York. Alexander is accused of making the check payable to himself and filling in the amount—$360. Police later learned Alexander had a man he knows cash the check. The man told police he had no idea the check was “stolen.” The boss, Thomas Pfeiffer, owner of Valley Limousine Service, had pre-signed the checks but had not filled in any names or amounts…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
A photocopier and $20 bills got a man in trouble as he tried to buy a phone for sale posted on Craigslist, police say.
A Bethlehem Township man is accused of trying to buy a cell phone using fake $20 bills he had produced in a photocopier, Bethlehem police said. Jandre Christopher Kellum, 19, of 101 Freedom Court, allegedly passed three counterfeit $20 bills to buy a white LG Optima Elite phone from the victim, who had advertised the phone for sale on Craigslist, according to court papers. Kellum and the victim met in the parking lot of the KNBT bank at 2515 Easton Ave. at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, the arrest affidavit says. Then, according to the affidavit: Kellum was charged with forgery—a second-class felony -- as well as theft by deception and receiving stolen property. He was arraigned before on-duty District Judge Roy Manwaring and released on $5,000 …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Defendant from Fountain Hill told police he used his grandmother's MasterCard to finance a drug binge, according to court papers.
A Fountain Hill man has been charged by Bethlehem police with using his elderly grandmother’s credit card to finance a weeklong heroin binge, according to court records. Angelo Villamil Jr., 31, of 831 Cherokee St., was charged with forgery and access device fraud, both felonies, on Monday. He was already being held at Lehigh County Prison on a retail theft charge and a parole detainer, according to the arrest affidavit. Villamil allegedly took his grandmother’s Sears MasterCard and spent it at places like Gaugler’s Jewelers, JC Jewelry & Gifts and the Comfort Suites Hotel, racking up about $2,000 in charges from Oct. 1-7, police said. The fraudulent purchases were reported to police on Feb. 6 by Angelo Villamil Sr., the victim’s son and…
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Bethlehem Township man is accused of stealing a checkbook from a SouthSide woman's mailbox and writing more than $2,000 in checks to himself, court records say.
A Bethlehem Township man is accused of stealing a Bethlehem woman's checkbook from her mailbox and writing more than $2,000 in checks to himself. Robert Howard, 59, of 829 Cibby St., was charged Thursday with forgery and theft by deception. City police say their investigation began when Carrie Tiscon of the 500 block of Pawnee Street came to them saying a checkbook had been stolen from her mailbox. She wasn't aware of the thefts, police say, until National Penn Bank contacted her about suspicious activity with her account. According to police, Howard cashed checks from the checkbook at the National Penn branches at 916 W. Broad St. and 44 E. Broad St. between Feb. 25 and Feb. 28. Surveillance footage showed Howard in the bank when the …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Store employee accused of taking wallet off of counter and using a debit and credit card to spend more than $1,300.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
An employee of the Rite Aid drug store in South Bethlehem is accused of taking credit cards from a wallet left on a store counter and using them to make more than $1,300 in purchases over the next three days, according to court papers. Genesis Lee Rodriguez, 21, of 929 Sullivan St., Bethlehem, is facing three felony counts, including forgery, for allegedly signing the name of her victim, Lehigh University student Rujun Wang, court records say. According to the arrest warrant, the events unfolded like this: Wang discovered multiple unauthorized charges to his debit card and a credit card on Aug. 30 and reported those discrepancies to Lehigh University Police. Through an investigation, Lehigh Police were able to determine that Wang had …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Allentown woman allegedly forged signature on an Unclaimed Freight paycheck and cashed another bad check in Emmaus, according to police.
An Allentown woman accused of cashing multiple bad checks was arraigned Tuesday on multiple charges filed by Bethlehem and Emmaus police. Shatoya M. Ramseur, 24, of 1018 Zieglers Court allegedly forged four paychecks from the Unclaimed Freight store, 2260 Industrial Drive in Bethlehem, according to court records. Ramseur also allegedly cashed a fake check for $987.77 at CK Check Cashing at 310 E. Harrison St. in Emmaus on June 18, according to court records. When CK Check Cashing turned the check over to the bank it works with, it turned out that it was from “a fictitious bank listing a fictitious business as the payee,” according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Emmaus Police. In the Emmaus case, Ramseur was charged with …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Alleged fake check for more than $2,700 nets felony theft charge and two forgery counts for city man.
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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
A city man who tried to cash a fake check for more than $2,700 in April is facing multiple charges, according to court papers. Daniel J. Rodriguez of 209½ Columbia St., was charged with felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property and two counts of forgery for the attempt he made on April 19 at United Check Cashing at the Stefko Center on Stefko Boulevard, according to an arrest affidavit filed by Bethlehem police. The check was ostensibly made out to Rodriguez from Easton Self Storage, but an investigation by police revealed that the business never issued such a check. United Check Cashing reported the problematic check to police. Rodriguez was committed to Northampton County Prison on Monday following an arraignment before …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Woman brought fraudulent paychecks to two businesses on Stefko Boulevard, Bethlehem police say.
An Allentown woman who made or obtained fake paychecks and then tried to cash them in Bethlehem is facing multiple charges, according to court records. Sophia Arlene Cerdan Taylor, 21, of 528 W. Liberty St., is accused of bringing the first fake paycheck to the Shell Stefko Mini Mart at 1907 Stefko Boulevard on June 11. It was for $363.39 and from Unclaimed Freight at 2260 Industrial Drive, Bethlehem. Though the check had been cashed, the owner of the mini market was suspicious of the check, set it aside and reported his suspicions to Bethlehem police, according to one of two warrants against Taylor. Police were able to confirm that Taylor was not employed at Unclaimed Freight and that the check was a fraud, according to the court record…
Monday, June 25, 2012
Former manager of Abraham Atiyeh's Silk Mill Apartments is accused of forging signatures on receipts of paid rent.
The former building manager of a Bethlehem apartment complex was charged with felony forgery for allegedly falsifying a receipt to show that she had provided a tenant’s rent to the building’s owner when it is alleged she had not, according to court records. The charge against Ines Laracuente has its roots in October 2010 while she was managing the Silk Mill Apartments at 238 W. Goepp St. on behalf of Brookside Commercial Construction Co., a development company owned by Abraham Atiyeh. According to the charges filed by Bethlehem police: Laracuente, 46, formerly of Bethlehem, but who now lives in Celebration, Fla., was arraigned on Friday before District Judge Roy Manwaring and released on unsecured bail.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Police say Fiore forged checks from a closed account to get four boxes of chocolate from Keystone State Distributors on Stefko Boulevard.
An Allentown man was arrested on charges that he used forged checks from a closed bank account to defraud a Bethlehem business of nearly $1,500 in chocolate, according to court records. Joseph Fiore, 50, of 421 W. Washington St., Allentown, is facing four felony counts of forgery, two counts of writing bad checks, two counts of theft and two counts of receiving stolen property. He was arraigned Monday before District Judge Patricia Romig-Passaro and bail was set at $25,000. Fiore was already being held at Lehigh County Prison on other unrelated charges. According to the arrest affidavit: Court records said Fiore has used the aliases John Powell, Anthony Powell and Defaccenatti in previous encounters.