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County tied to burglary, check-forging ring

Published: Friday, May 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

STERLING – Members of a multistate check-forging and burglary ring who investigators say are responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bank fraud also broke into several Sterling businesses and stole payroll and other checks, Mendota police said Thursday in a news release.

Three of the members were arrested May 16 in Waukegan, where they live and where they are jailed pending extradition to the jurisdictions where they will be prosecuted, the release said.

The ring also is connected to bank crimes in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Wisconsin. The FBI and various police agencies are conducting the investigation, and more charges are pending, the release said.

In Illinois, numerous businesses in DeKalb, Whiteside, Bureau and LaSalle counties were burglarized in March and April. Dozens of business and payroll checks were stolen, then cashed at banks using fake out-of-state IDs, the release said.

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