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Several arrested in check cashing ring

Updated: 05/30/2014 4:01 PM
Created: 05/30/2014 10:15 AM WHEC.com

Four people have been arrested and two people have pleaded guilty in connection with a check cashing ring in Rochester.

Rochester Police in conjunction with several other law enforcement agencies conducted a long-term investigation into financial crimes in our area and as a result, made several arrests.

Arrested:

  • John Weissinger, 28 of Greece, is charged with 43 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument
  • Michael Smith, 55 of Rochester, is charged with four counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of ID theft
  • Pamela Barnes, 22 of Rochester, is charged with 10 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of grand larceny
  • Anitra Lyman, 31 of Rochester, is charged with two counts of identity theft


According to police, two people have already pleaded guilty in connection with the check cashing ring. Christian Robinson, 21 of Rochester, has pleaded guilty to criminal possession of forgery devices and 39-year-old Derek Floyd of Rochester has pleaded guilty to bank fraud. He will be sentenced in August.

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are forthcoming.

Michael Smith
John Weissinger
Pamela Barnes
Christian Robinson




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