Five arrested in counterfeit check scheme

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Utica Police say they've arrested five people in connection with an alleged counterfeit check scheme that spanned two counties.

Investigators say between October 13th and October 20th, they got reports of fake payroll style checks being passed throughout Madison and Oneida Counties, including the city of Utica.

They say the suspects would use local motels as a base of operations to make the checks with a laptop computer. Others would then be recruited to cash those checks at area stores.

Police were able to conduct an operation in which the suspects were stopped in their vehicle and the laptop used was recovered.

The following people have been arrested:

Robert O'Marah, 24, Sauquoit
9 counts Possession of a forged instrument and 1-count Criminal Possession of a Forgery Device

Lawrence “OT” Butler, 60, Utica
9 counts Possession of a forged instrument

Ronald Rickard, 39, Utica
2-counts Poss. forged Instrument

Alan Swinegar, 20, Whitesboro
Criminal Poss. forged Instrument 2nd and attempted petit larceny.

Amy Warney, 20, Whitesboro
2-cts Poss. forged Instrument 2nd

Utica Police say the investigation is still ongoing and that more arrests are pending.

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