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Two charged with trying to pass bad checks

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Attempts to cash more than $3,000 worth of phony checks at a Stafford bank landed a couple in jail Tuesday, police said.

Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said deputies went to the Bank of America in Stafford Marketplace in North Stafford about 4 p.m. in response to a call about a fraud in progress. The suspects were trying to cash checks for $2,165 and $1,200 written to them from the accounts of two bank customers.

Bank personnel were immediately suspicious of the checks, Kennedy said, and were able to contact the two customers to confirm that they hadn’t endorsed them. The female suspect was in the parking lot when deputies arrived and was taken into custody by Deputy Jenna Wojciechowski. The male suspect was still inside the bank and was arrested by Deputy Joe Massine.

Kennedy said the male expressed surprise that the checks were phony. The couple then gave police multiple stories about how they ended up with the checks.

One story was that a friend had dropped them off to cash the checks; the suspects gave different names for the friend. Another story involved doing work for someone and getting paid with those checks, Kennedy said.

Kristopher Nelson, 38, of Alexandria and Chanda Hinton of Washington were both charged with attempting to obtain money by false pretenses, conspiracy and passing a forged document. Nelson was also served an outstanding warrant for failing to pay child support.

Both suspects were placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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