Authorities are currently investigating the cause behind a string of fraudulent and altered checks that were cashed in Darien between Tuesday, Jan. 22 and Friday, Jan. 25.
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the complainant stated that she dropped off four outgoing checks into the post office depository two days earlier. She received a notification from her bank stating that fraudulent activity was suspected. She then discovered that a check that was originally written to Optimum for $233.32 had been changed and deposited in the amount of $4,989.03.
On Thursday, Jan. 24, the complainant said that she put an outgoing check into the post office depository more than 10 days prior, on Sunday, Jan. 13. The check was initially written to Aquarion for $100 but had been altered and deposited in the amount of $998.33.
The complainant noticed more fraudulent activity Friday, Jan. 25. A check made to Costco for $3,686.87 was altered and deposited in the amount of $2,200.80. Another check, originally written to Eversource for $213.53, was altered and deposited in the amount of $4,750.70.
The same day, the complainant discovered that a check written to a person on Jan. 13 or 14 had been altered and deposited for $5,000.
Investigations are ongoing.
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