Two Men Charged With Forgery in $11K Check Scam

By Staff Reports | Posted in: Crime and Police News

Two Pittsburgh men are headed for Allegheny County Common Pleas Court after police charged them with forging checks and attempting to defraud the City of McKeesport out of more than $11,477.

On Monday, Christopher B. Carter, 31, of Brookline and Christopher M. Belch, 41, of the Hill District waived their right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi.

Both are charged by McKeesport police with forgery, conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and passing bad checks.

Police said that on Oct. 2, Samantha Coddington, the city's deputy finance director, discovered six fraudulent checks had been cashed on one of the city's accounts.

Three of the phony checks had been made out to Belch, and the other three to Carter, police said. The checks were cashed at First Commonwealth Bank branches in Cranberry Twp., Adams Twp. and Saxonburg, police said.

Police are reviewing surveillance video and said the suspects cashing the checks used ID belonging to Carter and Belch.

Formal arraignment for both Belch and Carter is scheduled for Dec. 14 at the Allegheny County Courthouse, court officials said.

According to court records, Carter is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail in connection with drug charges filed by Pittsburgh police, while Belch is free on his own recognizance.

Originally published November 02, 2018.

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