Charges for alleged check thieves

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BENNINGTON — Two local men face forgery and fraud charges after being accused of cashing more that $4,000 worth of stolen checks.

Duvan A. LeBlanc, of Bennington, and Shawn Macomber, of Arlington, both 42, were arrested last week in connection with checks that were stolen from an Arlington resident and fraudulently cashed, according to Vermont State Police.

Macomber was ordered held without bail for a furlough violation at his arraignment in Bennington criminal court on Monday. Macomber did not appear in court after being cited.

Both men's cases will be heard in Windham County, according to court records.

An Arlington resident reported on Friday morning that checks had been stolen from them and were used to commit fraud, Trooper Benjamin Barton said in a news release. Police determined that Macomber obtained the stolen checks and provided them to LeBlanc, paying him a small fee to cash the checks. The victim's name was written on the checks, which were made out to LeBlanc.

Two checks, totaling $4,800, were cashed at a bank in Bennington and drawn from the victim's bank account on Nov. 6, police said. Duval tried to cash two additional checks on Nov. 9, but the bank identified the fraudulent activity.

LeBlanc was located in Bennington on Friday afternoon and taken into custody. Police found Macomber in Arlington on Saturday morning. He was found to have violated his release conditions under furlough and taken to Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland.

Macomber pleaded not guilty in Bennington criminal court on Monday to felony identity theft, forgery and attempted forgery (two counts).

Judge David A. Howard granted Deputy State's Attorney Alexander Burke's request that the case be moved to Windham County criminal court. A change of venue was requested due to a conflict with court staff, according to court records.

The investigation was conducted by troopers with the Shaftsbury barracks and officers with the Bennington Police Department.

Ed Damon can be reached at edamon@benningtonbanner.com, at @edamon_banner on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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