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How not to cash a faux check

Success at any enterprise requires persistence, ingenuity and at least a minimal amount of intelligence. Sonoma police are now looking for a man who may be deficient in all three qualities after he tried unsuccessfully to cash a fraudulent check at Exchange Bank.

The enterprise began at about 4 p.m. on Nov. 13 when the would-be con man showed up at the Exchange Bank office on West Napa Street seeking to cash a check for $2,875, drawn on the account of “Wheeler Properties, LLC, a Healdsburg real estate firm.

The bank teller, who noticed a number of mistakes on the check, asked the man for identification, which he provided. Having crossed that hurdle, the teller then asked the man to provide a thumbprint, which he also provided.

But, at some point, the weight of identifying evidence mounting at the teller’s window must have begun to bear like a painful burden on the man with the fraudulent check. He abruptly turned and walked away. But he left behind his check, his ID and his thumbprint.

Which means that police, who are now looking for the unsuccessful thief, should not have too much trouble tracking him down.


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