Toledo business hit by check fraud, offering reward for help

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - A local business is out thousands of dollars after some thieves, posing as employees, made and cashed several of their payroll checks.

The general manager at Liberty Whole Sale Auto Parts said three people tried to cash fraudulent checks at two different Stop N' Go shops in the city. Little did they know cameras were watching their every move.

The cameras caught two men. There was one woman who tried her hand at cashing in the checks, but ran away when she was unsuccessful.

Each of the checks were worth close to $500 dollars. They were manufactured by someone who got a hold of real checks with which the business pays their employees and figured out a way to replicate them.

The woman who tried and failed was actually the one to tip off the owner of the carry-out.

"The owner of the carry-out is actually friends with the owner of Liberty Wholesale, and he just didn't think it seemed right, and he sees a lot of our payroll checks. A few of our employees, they use them quite frequently to cash their checks. And he said the check just didn't look right," said Al Hizer of Liberty Wholesale Auto Parts.

Hizer said this is the third time the business has been hit by check fraud, losing about $30,000 altogether. They are offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest.

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