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Crime & Courts

Man charged with check fraud in DeKalb County, multiple states

SYCAMORE – A man charged with passing bad checks in Sycamore three years ago was being held at the DeKalb County Jail on Tuesday on $100,000 bond.

Eric R. Castronovo, 35, of the 6300 block of South Mulford Road in Cherry Valley, made his first court appearance Tuesday in DeKalb County.

In October 2009, Castronovo was charged with manufacturing and passing phony cashier’s checks at two local businesses, Sycamore police Lt. Darrell Johnson said.

He purchased about $24,000 in merchandise with the fake checks.

Most of the property has been recovered.

A warrant was issued in late 2009, Johnson said. In February 2010, the department was notified that Castronovo had been arrested by U.S. Marshals in West Virginia and was being held there on behalf of police jurisdictions in several states, all of which had warrants for his arrest.

Since that time, Castronovo has been incarcerated in West Virginia while his warrants have been handled.

“He’s here now, and he has to make stops in several other jurisdictions for similar cases,” Johnson said.

In DeKalb County, Castronovo faces two counts of forgery, a Class 3 felony, one Class 3 felony count of theft and one Class 2 felony count of theft. Class 3 felonies are punishable by two to five years in prison and Class 2 felonies are punishable by three to seven years in prison.

On Tuesday, Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert appointed the public defender for Castronovo. He is due back in court Nov. 26.

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