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Blotter: Local businesses report thousands in fraudulent checks

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 12:10 AM

The following information was provided by the Cabell County Sheriff's Office:

FALSE PRETENSES: Employees at two local businesses reported that someone has been using fraudulent checks in the businesses' names.

There was no indication that the incidents were related at the time the reports were filed.

An employee with Blenko Glass reported on Thursday that six checks, totaling more than $25,000, with the company's name on them have been sent to various individuals in six different states between July 18 and 25.

The employee said several individuals have contacted Blenko or their bank about the checks being sent to them as third-place awards from Publisher's Clearing House, suspecting they were part of a scam.

The employee said the checks are not in line with the style of Blenko's checks, and the check numbers are not in consecutive order with the business' checks.

An employee with Dixon Electrical in Huntington reported on Tuesday that an employee at the business' bank advised them that the bank had received several counterfeit checks from the business.

The Dixon Electrical employee said the checks were not cashed, and they were made out to several people from Craigslist to pay for items for an unknown suspect.

The checks were made out for a total of $1,965 between July 18 and 23.

LARCENY: A 55-year-old man reported someone took $1,650 in tools and lawn care equipment from his driveway along Mill Branch Road in Milton on Monday afternoon. A witness told deputies he saw a blue truck leaving the residence at the time the incident was reported to have taken place.

FALSE PRETENSES: A 30-year-old woman reported Wednesday that she learned someone used her identity to purchase a vehicle and take out an auto insurance policy in Connecticut in December.

The woman said the car and the policy were valued at a total of $2,000.

MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT: A 52-year-old man reported someone stole his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, worth $10,000, while it was parked in the 4500 block of Ohio River Road with a "For Sale" sign on it between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

The following information was provided by reports filed with the Huntington Police Department:

BURGLARY: A 73-year-old woman reported someone cut $3,000 in copper pipes from beneath her home in the 700 block of Singer Street between Monday and Tuesday evenings.

BURGLARY: A 46-year-old man reported someone took $3,800 in electronics from his home in the 700 block of West 3rd Street.

The following information was provided by booking records at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville:

Nedonna Rae Sovine, 33, was incarcerated at 3:45 p.m. Friday. Authorities in Cabell County charged her with felony daytime burglary. Bond was $15,000.

Jamie A. Edwards, 42, was incarcerated at 3:45 p.m. Friday. Authorities in Cabell County charged him with two counts of felony daytime burglary. Bond was $15,000.

Gary Wayne Grimm, 51, was incarcerated at 3:25 p.m. Friday. Authorities in Putnam County charged him with six counts of felony delivery of a controlled substance and four counts of felony conspiracy. Bond was $60,000.

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