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Woman arrested for cashing bad checks at Jeff Bank

Saran A. Smith

February 17, 2014

The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Newburgh woman in connection with a check forgery ring that operated in Sullivan County. Saran A. Smith, 21, of Newburgh was arrested last Monday (2/10/14) by Sheriff’s detectives and charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and Grand Larceny.

It is alleged that Smith cashed four bogus checks totaling $5,185.89 at the Jeff Bank branches in Monticello, Loch Sheldrake, White Lake and Bloomingburg on September 20, 2013. “The account number used on the checks belongs to the Dormitory Corporation at SUNY Sullivan,” said Sheriff Mike Schiff. “As far as we can tell Smith has never attended our college and has no other connection to it,” said the Sheriff. Bank video surveillance was the key to cracking the case, according to detectives.

The investigation is now focusing in Brooklyn where Sheriff’s deputies are working with the NYPD. Saran Smith was arraigned before Town of Fallsburg Judge Ivan Kalter and sent to the Sullivan County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail/$10,000 bond, pending a future court appearance.