Up to 3 years for man who cashed nearly $30,000 in forged checks in Berkshires

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PITTSFIELD — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to up to three years in state prison for creating nearly $30,000 worth of fraudulent checks and cashing them in Berkshire County last June.

Kevin N. Fowler, 45, of Rocky Hill, admitted to creating a series of checks labeled, "Meadow Place Dental," from East Longmeadow. He cashed the checks at Berkshire Bank branches between June 4 and June 6.

After being notified on June 9, police investigators learned the dental practice had not reported any checks stolen, leading them to believe Fowler created the checks himself.

Police described the checks as "very good facsimiles."

Berkshire Bank reimbursed the money fraudulently removed from Meadow Place's account, according to court files.

Fowler pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Tuesday to 11 counts each of larceny over $250, uttering a false check and forgery.

Judge Daniel Ford sentenced Fowler to two to three years in state prison. He will serve his sentence at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Great Barrington Police Department.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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