6 months in jail for Connecticut man tied to check-forging scheme


GREAT BARRINGTON >> A Connecticut man has been jailed for up to six months for his part in a massive check-forgery scheme that spanned parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Victor D. Brown, 56, of Eagle Street, was arrested on July 26, 2014, in Great Barrington, after authorities discovered he had been cashing bogus checks at Sheffield and Great Barrington banks. The checks were supposedly from a Pittsfield business, according to a report filed by Great Barrington Police Officer Jon Finnerty.

An investigation revealed that Brown was part of a larger consortium of nine individuals from Connecticut that were creating and cashing forged checks. Finnerty reported that, as of July 2014, the group had cashed forged checks totalling more than $48,000 in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The checks ranged in size from $900 to $1,900.

In addition, Finnerty discovered that Brown was wanted on a total of four separate arrest warrants.

He was found guilty in Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday of one count each of larceny over $250, uttering and forgery of a check.

Judge Paul Vrabel sentenced him to six months at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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