Six months for Pittsfield man who tried to cash stolen $3,000 check

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GREAT BARRINGTON — A Pittsfield man who tried to cash a forged $3,000 check at a Lee bank has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Justin Morrissette, 26, of North Street, attempted to cash the check Nov. 13 at the at the Adams Commercial Bank on Park Street, according to Lee Police. He was turned away by a teller, and the police were summoned.

The name on the check revealed it belonged to a Lenox resident who recently reported his checkbook had been stolen.

Morrissette, who was identified on surveillance video, was arrested Dec. 3.

He was arraigned in Southern Berkshire District Court and held on $500 bail.

He was found guilty on Thursday to one count of receiving stolen property.

Judge Paul Vrabel sentenced him to six months in the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction; Morrissette was given credit for eight days of time served.

Charges of forgery by check and uttering were dismissed at the request of the commonwealth.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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