Irvington business owner alerts cops to phony check and ID ring

(11/05/04) IRVINGTON Police in Irvington are investigating a check and ID fraud ring after an alert business owner noticed something strange about a customers identification.

Dave Makkar, the owner of a check cashing business, grew suspicious when a man named Nathaniel Pasley tried to cash a large check using a suspicious ID. Makkar says the vehicle identification number on the ID was the same one used by a man he busted for fraud a few days earlier. The ID identified Pasley as someone named William Miller.

Makkars discovery now has authorities wondering how big the bogus check scheme really is. They say similar schemes are growing more sophisticated, and criminals make off with hundreds of thousands of dollars per year.

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