WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A White Plains man was charged with 10 felonies Tuesday after he was accused of stealing and cashing checks over a period of eight months.
John Stewart, 47, was arraigned on one count of grand larceny in the third-degree, a class D Felony; eight counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, class D felonies; and one count of scheme to defraud in the first-degree, a class E felony.
According to a release from the office of Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore, Stewart was accused of cashing checks made out to eight businesses between November 2012 and May 2013. The checks totaled at least $21,985.00 and were stolen from Q & A Reporting Services in White Plains.
On May 9, a victim went to the White Plains Police to report that unauthorized people had cashed business checks from Q & A Reporting Services and a second victim’s Attorney Trust Account. The checks were cashed at The Check Cashing Place in Elmsford.
A total of 34 checks had been stolen and cashed. Kenneth Pegram, 44, of Elmsford, also was arrested in the case, according to the Distrct Attoreney's office. He pleaded guilty to grand larceny in October and is awaiting sentencing.
Elmsford and White Plains police worked together on the investigation.