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Check Fraud Arrests

Posted on 18th March 2014 at 16:26

St. Helens Police report taking three people into custody on check fraud charges. Chief Terry Moss says that Norman Hoag, 29, of St. Helens was arrested on the 12th of this month, after he was identified as the person who had passed a counterfeit check at a local grocery store. Hoag is suspected to have passed several bogus checks at the store, using account numbers from other local businesses. He was booked into the Columbia County Jail on nine counts of ID theft, first-degree theft and first-degree forgery. Moss says that the investigation continued, as other bogus checks started showing up at Walmart. That investigation took authorities to a home on 1st Street in Columbia City, where a search warrant was served. That warrant resulted in the arrests of Robert Dewayne Owens, 29, and Carley Ann Munderloh, 33; both are being charged with seven counts of first-degree forgery, while Owens is also being charged with possession of meth. Other suspects are being identified as the investigation continues, with additional arrests expected.