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Forgery ring targets local dealers with bogus checks; one arrested

November 24, 2010
A Chicago man arrested July 20 for passing a fraudulent check in Indiana is the reputed leader of a gang that used homemade certified checks to purchase used vehicles at two area dealerships. Another suspected member of the gang told investigators that he and James Grady visited about 10 area dealerships in the past six weeks, using bogus checks they drafted with a personal computer to buy the cars. Jack Griffin, a private investigator hired by one of the affected dealers, recovered all the stolen vehicles. He said the suspect, against whom charges are pending, had business cards from four other area dealerships in his pocket when he was stopped. Griffin advised dealers to call banks to verify any certified checks before giving possession of a vehicle to a customer. The suspect had secured an Illinois identification card with the address of Roosevelt University, 425 S. Wabash Ave. He told Griffin that the theft ring targeted used vehicles priced from $15,000 to $20,000. The ring reportedly used the bogus checks solely to purchase cars. Grady is charged with theft by deception, a felony. Police are pursuing the remaining members of the ring