7 People Charged In $46,000 Paycheck Scam

By Emma Koch

7 People Charged In $46,000 Paycheck Scam

April 24, 2013 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 6:06 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- Seven people have been charged with creating counterfeit paychecks from Fort Wayne-based company and cashing them for a total over $46,000 at at area banks in May 2012.

According to court papers, the paycheck scam involved 16 or more checks that looked like they were from Eagle Contracting. The scammers got away with $46,211.58.

May 16, police were sent to a Grabill Bank branch on a report of a man trying to cash a check for $7,356,21. The man, now identified as James Terry, 27, told police he got the check from a man who offered him $1,500 to cash the check.

Court papers say that Terry saw the man print the check before giving it to him. The owner of Eagle Contracting confirmed the check was fake with police.

Terry faces a charge of corrupt business influence. Fingerprints lifted from the checks linked six more people to the scam and they were charged in Allen Superior Court Tuesday.

Below are the names of those individuals and their charges:

- Philip Brant, 47, of Crawfordsville - Corrupt business influence, four counts of theft and four counts of forgery
- Jennifer Kelly, 46, of Indianapolis - Corrupt business influence, four counts of theft and four counts of forgery
- Donald Blitz, 58, of Indianapolis - Corrupt business influence, two counts of theft and two counts of forgery
- Kurt Hinkle, 51, of Indianapolis - Corrupt business influence, two counts of theft and two counts of forgery
- John Koss Jr., 58, of Indianapolis - Corrupt business influence, theft and forgery
- Josh Allen, 28, of Indianapolis - Corrupt business influence, three counts of theft and three counts of forgery




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