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Arrest Made in North Castle Check Fraud; Investigation Continues

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North Castle police arrested one man last week and are expected to charge another subject in connection with the series of fraudulent checks that were cashed against the town’s account late last year.

Ron Bynoe, 28, of South Ozone Park, Queens, turned himself in to police on June 21 and charged with third-degree grand larceny, a Class D felony, said Detective Sgt. Dennis Murray.

Murray said police have issued an arrest warrant for another suspect who is also expected to surrender to authorities. Police have been in contact with the second individual’s counsel, he said.

The investigation into the fraud is continuing. Murray declined to address whether there will be more than two suspects charged or if the theft was part of a larger scam or ring.

From Nov. 30 through Dec. 9, seven checks totaling just over $11,000 were cashed at Wells Fargo, one of the banks used by the town. North Castle recovered $1,272.22 from Wells Fargo shortly after the theft was perpetrated. Last month Town Administrator Joan Goldberg said the bank had indicated it would reimburse the town for the balance of the money.

Police Chief Peter Simonsen had said previously that the checks used to withdraw money from the town’s account were of poor quality and obvious forgeries. They were cashed despite lacking a second signature, which all town checks are supposed to have.



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