Four arrested in check cashing scheme

MONTICELLO – The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has arrested four individuals allegedly involved in a local check forgery ring.

The checks, which belonged to a Monticello business, were forged in such a way as to appear as payroll checks. The total theft amounts to $3,100.

The checks were then cashed at banks and gas stations in the towns of Thompson and Fallsburg.

Richard Licata, 68, of Monticello, was charged with three counts of felony criminal possession of a forged instrument and three misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of stolen property.

Maurice Kemble, 53, of Monticello, was charged with one count of felony criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property.

Jamil Fasenntao, 34, of Monticello, was charged with one count of felony criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property.

Rachel Amore, 32, of Bloomingburg, was charged with 10 counts of felony forgery and misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property.

Licata, Kemble and Fasenntao were issued appearance tickets and released pending a future court appearance.

Amore was arraigned in a virtual courtroom by County Court Judge James Farrell and released on her own recognizance.



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