Several Arrests Made In Counterfeit Check Ring
2/17/2011 11:09 PM
Several months ago, Detective Marty Swirko and Ken Loui of the Manchester Police Department Financial Crimes Unit began investigating several cases involving counterfeit payroll checks being distributed and cashed in the Greater Manchester Area. As the investigation progressed, it was learned that the subjects who were making and distributing these counterfeit checks were obtaining copies of legitimate payroll checks from the victimized companies. Soon after the investigation began, the United States Secret Service and the Manchester Police Department Special Investigations Unit joined in to assist with the case.
Since November of 2010, over 100 checks have been cashed by various subjects who are involved with this group in the Manchester area. As a result of this fraudulent activity, several local financial institutions have sustained a combined loss in excess of $100,000.00.
On February 17th, 2011, the following subjects were arrested at 178 Cedar Street, Apt 5, as a result of this ongoing investigation;
Date of Birth 08/30/1983
258 Beech Street 2fl
2 counts of Sale of a Narcotic Drug
Date of Birth 07/15/1988
82 W. Brook Street
3 counts of Forgery
Violation of Bail Conditions from an unrelated arrest.
Date of Birth 09/16/1986
178 Cedar Street Apt. 5
2 counts of Forgery
1 count of Theft by Deception
Tavano also is being held on arrest warrants for Forgery out of Amherst and Concord, New Hampshire
Date of Birth 05/21/1987
40 Surfside Road, Nantucket, Massachusetts
2 counts Forgery
1 count Theft by Deception
Nascimento is also being held on an arrest warrant for Forgery out of Exeter, New Hampshire.
The investigation is ongoing. Several other subjects have been arrested in other jurisdictions in connection with this investigation. More arrests are expected and the above suspects face numerous additional forthcoming state and federal charges related to the counterfeit checks.
Sgt. Frank Swirko