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Seven arrested in check scheme


ALBANY, N.Y. – The Albany County Sheriff's department arrested seven people accused of cashing fraudulent checks totaling more than $11,000 on the Town of Green Island Justice Court's account.

The Town of Green Island Justice Court filed the initial forgery complaint with the Green Island Police Department when they realized that several of the court checks had been forged. Green Island Police enlisted the assistance of the Albany County Sheriff's Department.

Albany County investigators then met with bank officials and were able to obtain photos of the people cashing the forged checks and later discovered they were using their real identities. 

Investigators say the forged checks were duplicated in Brooklyn from a check drawn on the court's bail account. During the investigation, authorities discovered the checks were then being transported to the region by bus and cashed at various local banks.

Each of the seven arrested were charged felony counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, Grand Larceny and Conspiracy. Those arrested are: Qhasson Lawton, of Bunkerhill, WV, Devine Davis, of Brooklyn, NY, Sheila Stroud, of Troy, NY, Carley McCanney, of Troy, NY, Helen Maeweather, of Troy, NY, Maraca Slater, of Albany, NY, and Bernice Seymore, of Albany, NY.

Investigators say they also have charges on Barbara Whitehead and Aisha Stasack. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is being asked to contact the Albany County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Unit by calling (518) 765-2352.

Sheriff's Investigators say future arrests are expected in connection with this case.  

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