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Vernon's Counterfeit Check Passing Case Gets Larger

Detectives made a second arrest this week.

Vernon detectives this week made a second arrest in what they are describing as a multi-town, multi-state check forgery ring that primarily targeted financial institutions and stores.

Travis Kidney, 30, whose listed address is the Enfield Motel 6 at 11 Hazard Ave., was slapped with a pair of second-degree forgery charges and a conspiracy to commit second-degree forgery charge on Monday, police records indicate.

He was already incarcerated on a larceny charge, police said.

Vernon police had already charged Joshua McRae, 35, of 52 Harrison St., Putnam, with conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit second-degree forgery, racketeering, second-degree forgery and third-degree larceny, police records indicate.

McRae is being described as the alleged mastermind behind the bad check network.

On Thursday, Vernon detectives reviewed the warrant against Kidney, who they described as not only an alleged check casher but an alleged recruiter for the network as well.  

Kidney's larceny charge was levied on July 3, police said.

Kidney allegedly was involved in passing bad checks in Vernon, Enfield, Tolland, Stafford, Wethersfield, Glastonbury, Hartford, South Windsor, Putnam, Rocky Hill, Windsor, East Hartford, Avon, Groton, Gloucester, RI and West Springfield, MA, police said.  

In all, the ring passed 37 bad checks, the warrant indicates.

Bill Eccles August 24, 2012 at 04:27 PM
A ring is defined by three points. At best, this is a check forgery line segment, ray, or line.
Kathy August 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM
A ring is also defined as people acting illegally for their own interests, as is the case when they pass bad checks.
Bill Eccles August 25, 2012 at 04:39 PM
@Kathy, I suppose you missed the fact that my comment was meant entirely as humorous. Interestingly, I couldn't find a single definition of "ring" which mentioned anything other than "group" or its synonyms, and not just "people." If two people constitute a group (which by the strictest definitions, it does), then you're right on target.
meowkats4 August 25, 2012 at 05:22 PM
A confidence trick is also known as a con game, con, scam, grift, hustle, bunko, bunco, swindle, flimflam, gaffle, or bamboozle. The intended victims are known as marks. The perpetrator of a confidence trick is often referred to as a confidence man or woman, con man or woman, con artist or grifter. When accomplices are employed, they are known as shills.
Jim G. August 25, 2012 at 06:43 PM
1) A boxing ring is square and thus defined by four points. 2) A point is something that has to do with the discussion at hand. 3) Humor here is often circular, leaving a ring. 4) Nowhere does the story say that the check-passing ring is composed of ONLY these two people; it implies in more than one sentence that there are/were others involved. Hence, ring.

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