Woman accused of cashing checks belonging to dead man

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A Little Falls woman is accused of cashing checks belonging to a man who was found dead behind a Little Falls home in May, New York State Police said.

Shannon Marie Hardy-Sekel, 27, of East Jefferson Street, is charged with two counts of felony criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree.

According to officials, Sekel allegedly possessed and cashed checks belonging to Donald Wichelns, who was found dead inside a dog crate behind a home on Flint Avenue in May. The arrest is the result of a lengthy investigation into the access and theft of several years worth of Wichelns' Social Security benefits and the forging and cashing of checks from his personal bank account.

Sekel was sent to the Herkimer County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bail bond. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.


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