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Man Charged for Allegedly Altering Checks

Police say Jesus Augusto, 53, tried to cash checks he forged at two banks in Fairfield County.

[Editor's Note: Arrest information is supplied by the Fairfield Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.]

A New Haven man faces multiple charges after he allegedly tried to forge checks from a country club in Fairfield, police said.

Jesus Augusto, 53, was charged with two counts of second-degree forgery, criminal attempt to commit third-degree larceny, and third-degree larceny when he was arrested in court on Tuesday.

According to the police report, Augusto attempted to cash a check at Fairfield County Bank in May. The check was made out to the company New England Beverage from the Country Club of Fairfield for $278, but Augusto allegedly changed it to $2,763 and attempted to cash it.

A bank representative confirmed the check amount had been altered and Augusto was turned away. However, police said he again attempted to cash an altered check in July at Westport National Bank. This time it was a $275 check that was changed to $2,752, again made out to New England Beverage Company.

An investigation revealed that several checks had been stolen from New England Beverage Company and police believe Augusto may have cashed one of the checks in Orange.

Augusto was charged in court and held in lieu of a $1,000 bond, according to the report.

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