TROY, N.Y. - The Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a case in which they say six fraudulent checks were cashed at six different local First Niagara banks.
Surveillance video from First Niagra Bank shows the two men police say cashed the checks. Investigators say the checks total close to $11,000 and include the routing number for a Rensselaer County account and a fictitious signature for the Chief Fiscal Officer for Rensselaer County.
Officials became aware the crime after government accountants noticed the suspicious activity.
"Basically anyone who's a taxpayer is a victim at this point. We all pay taxes and these people are out shopping for Christmas with our money, basically," said Sergeant Shane J. Holcomb of the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Unit.
Holcomb says the men had six fake identifications for each fake check.
If anyone can identify the suspects or have any information regarding this case, please contact Sergeant Holcomb, Rensselaer County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Unit at 518-266-1981.