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Thursday June 6th, 2013

Posted at 2:28pm

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Two Windsor women have been arrested following an investigation involving multiple incidents of cheque fraud in the area.

Windsor Police went to a Scotiabank branch in the 3700 block of Tecumseh Road East, yesterday morning, after receiving information about cheque fraud in progress.

The two female suspects were at the bank and were in the process of having a cheque deposited into an account. Bank employees quickly recognized the name of the account holder on the cheque and alerted the police.

Police arrested the two female suspects.

Police say in the past few months there have been several incidences involving the suspects cashing and depositing NSF cheques from closed accounts at a number of local financial institutions. The local financial institutions have suffered thousands of dollars of loss as a result of this cheque fraud.

Police Constable Durling of the Windsor Police Financial Crimes Unit says “Many fraudsters take advantage of the cheque clearing process, and make deposits and fraudulent payments by cheque knowing full well they don’t have the means to cover the cheques they are writing.”

Annette Chittenden, 45 years old of Windsor, faces 9 counts of make false pretences, and 3 counts of fraud under $5000.

Another female, 18 years old of Windsor, faces one count of fraud under $5000.

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