Manchester Police arrested several subjects on Thursday, February 17 as a result of an ongoing investigation into a counterfeit check ring.
According to a Manchester Police press release, at about 5:30 p.m. officers arrested the following individuals at 178 Cedar Street, Apt. 5 relative to this investigation:
Dorbor Nyonee, 22, of 82 West Brook Street, who is charged with three counts of Forgery and one count of Violation of Bail Conditions;
Sarah Tavano, 24, of 178 Cedar Street, who is charged with two counts of Forgery, one count of Theft by Deception, and was also held on warrants for Forgery out of Amherst and Concord;
Andrea Nascimento, 23, of Nantucket, MA, who is charged with two counts of Forgery, one count of Theft by Deception, and is also being held on a warrant for Forgery out of Exeter;
and Abubakah Kromah, 27, of 258 Beech Street, who is charged with two felony counts of Sale of a Narcotic Drug (crack cocaine).
Police said that several months ago the Manchester Police Financial Crimes Unit initiated an investigation into several reports of counterfeit checks that were being cashed at area banks. The investigation revealed the suspects were obtaining copies of legitimate payroll checks from companies and then fabricating and distributing counterfeit payroll checks.
Soon after, as the scope of the investigation widened, the United States Secret Service and the Manchester Police Special Investigations Unit joined the investigation.
Investigators determined that various subjects, who are involved with this group have cashed over 100 checks since November of 2010. Because of their fraudulent activity, several local financial institutions have sustained a combined loss in excess of $100,000, police said.
During his arraignment Friday, police described Dorbor Nyonee as one of the ringleaders in the group, the New Hampshire Union Leader said. Nyonee claimed in court that he didn’t know the other three people. “I would like to talk to a lawyer,” he said.
Nyonee’s bail was set at $75,000 cash or surety bond. Nascimento’s bail was set at $3,000 cash or surety. Kromah was out on bail on drug trafficking charges at the time of his arrest. His bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety, the Union Leader reported.
Probable cause hearings for all four subjects were set for March 3 because they could not enter pleas to felonies in district court the Union Leader stated.
In addition to the four arrested individuals, several other subjects have been arrested in other jurisdictions in connection with this investigation. More arrests are expected and it is anticipated that additional state and federal charges will be forthcoming, police reported.
Sources: Manchester Police press release
New Hampshire Union Leader
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