A Grovertown man faces forgery charges in connection with a series of bogus travelers checks he reportedly attempted to cash.
The Plymouth Police Department got the first report of a bogus $500 check cashed by Thomas Levendowski at First Federal Savings Bank in Plymouth on Nov. 17th, according to a news release. Further investigation found that nine more $500 counterfeit travelers checks had been presented at First Federal Savings Bank in Mishawaka that morning. Bank officials determined they were counterfeit and did not give Levendowski any money.
He reportedly told an officer from the Plymouth Police Department that he got the travelers checks from the sale of merchandise. Further investigation determined that was false. Levendowski later told a Plymouth Police Detective he got the counterfeit checks in the mail and talked to someone on the phone about them. He said he thought the person was in Africa or India and told him to send him money via Western Union.
Levendowski reportedly said he knew there was a problem with the checks, so he used all of the money he got from the check he cashed in Plymouth for his personal use.
He was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Marshall County Jail on forgery and false informing charges. He’s also being held for St. Joseph County.