Deputies make arrest in check forging case


Published: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 2:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 2:09 p.m.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office arrested a man accused of operating a forgery operation using checks stolen from mailboxes.

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Anthony Lee Conti

Officers arrested Anthony Lee Conti, 48, late Wednesday on charges of forging bank checks, writing forged bank checks and possession of counterfeit instrument. He was being held Thursday at the Columbia County jail on a $75,000 bond.

The scam netted at least $10,000, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Officers believe Conti may be linked to other cases in Columbia County and other nearby counties, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Investigators allege Conti stole the checks from mailboxes, and then duplicated account numbers and routing numbers onto checks he created. Conti would then write checks to himself using the stolen information and cash them at local businesses, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies served a search warrant at Conti's home off of Gum Swamp Road Wednesday and found stolen checks as well as a computer and computer software used to make checks. Conti had a counterfeit check with him when he was arrested. It had been made out to him for $700.

Officers had received reports from different area businesses about stolen checks and bank accounts that had been impacted.

Two other suspects in the forgery operation were being held at the jail on unrelated charges, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Anyone who believes they or their business may have been a victim of the scam is asked to call Detective Brian Rix at (386) 758-1095.

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