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Police investigating fake travelers checks

Updated: Tuesday, February 4 2014, 10:10 PM EST

By: Crissy Clutter and NEWS9


A crime that police believe began in New Jersey and New York has come to the Ohio Valley.

Ohio County businesses are being scammed out of hundreds of dollars.

Wheeling police say three people used fake traveler’s checks to make small purchases at T.J.’s Restaurant, CVS Pharmacy and several businesses at The Highlands.

The three then keep the cash made by using the phony checks.

A trio, much like the three described using the checks in Ohio County, are being investigated by police in Linden, N.J.

“Our officers obtained information out of New Jersey that the same thing has happened there and the suspects in the New Jersey case match the suspects in our case,” said Sgt. Greg McKenzie with the Wheeling Police Department.

He warns businesses to pay attention.

“If someone is paying with a $100 check for a bottle of water that should raise a suspicion to you,” said McKenzie.

McKenzie says the Secret Service is also investigating.

Police investigating fake travelers checks

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