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Fake Port Arthur payroll checks being cashed around the state
A warning for check cashing stores...
Someone's showing up with counterfeit city payroll checks containing a forged signature from the Port Arthur finance director.
The counterfeit checks are making their way from outside city limits from places such as Ace Cash Express in Nederland to the city of Port Arthur itself.
Investigators found a recent one at HEB, bringing the total to 12 fake checks.
Investigators say they look nothing like the city's check.
For example, city checks have two signatures. The fake checks have only one.
Investigators say this is the first time they've seen counterfeit Port Arthur payroll checks.
The fake checks have been spotted as far away as Texas City and Houston, and here in the area at check cashing locations in Beaumont and Nederland.