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Crime & Courts

Police: Group forged checks from Sycamore company

Joel Gayton-Sandoval
Joel Gayton-Sandoval

SYCAMORE – A Waukegan man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a Sycamore company by cashing stolen checks remained in DeKalb County Jail on Friday unable to post $10,000 bail.

Joel Gayton-Sandoval, 31, of the 600 block of Lenox Avenue, Waukegan, was charged with continuing a financial crimes enterprise, a felony typically punishable by up to 15 years in prison. He has also been charged with theft and forgery.

Gayton-Sandoval is among four suspects who stole more than $29,000 from ENCAP Inc. in March, said Sycamore Police Lt. Darrell Johnson. Waukegan residents Fernando Sanchez-Guizar, 38, and Nicolas Chavez-Garcia, 30, were arrested by police and charged with theft, forgery and financial crimes enterprise. The fourth person has not been identified, Johnson said.

None of them worked for ENCAP, he said. The group has been connected to other financial crimes in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Wisconsin, Johnson said.

Authorities said Gayton-Sandoval stole five checks from ENCAP between March 21 and 23 and cashed them under aliases at Castle Bank. Each check was for between $900 and $1,000, court records show.

He is next due in court on June 19.

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