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Dec. 31, 2013 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that John Stewart DOB (06/28/66) of 70 Dobbs Ferry Road, White Plains, New York was arraigned today on a ten count indictment charging him with:one count of Grand Larceny in the

  • Third Degree, a class “D” Felony,
  • eight counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, class “D” Felonies,
  • one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony.

Between Nov. 21, 2012 and May 7, 2013, the defendant on eight occasions cashed business checks made out to eight different individuals totaling at least $21,985.00.

The checks were stolen from Q & A Reporting Services located at 175 Main St. in White Plains.

On May 9, 2013, the victim went to the White Plains Police to report that unauthorized people had cashed business checks from Q & A Reporting Services and a second victim’s Attorney Trust Account.

The checks were cashed at The Check Cashing Place located at 44 North Central Ave. in Elmsford.

A total of thirty-four checks had been stolen and cashed by this defendant, one previously apprehended defendant and other unapprehended defendants.

The Elmsford Police were notified by the White Plains Police and a joint investigation ensued.

On May 30, 2013, the Elmsford Police received a report of a male attempting to cash a stolen check at The Check Cashing Place.

Information was developed placing the defendant and another individual, Kenneth Pegram, (DOB 08/07/68) of 52 White Plains Avenue, Elmsford, New York, on different occasions, at the check cashing location, with the forged checks.

Pegram pled guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree on Oct. 28, 2013 and is awaiting sentencing.

On July 12, 2013, Elmsford detectives observed the defendant walking on Lamont Street and Nepperhan Avenue.

He was subsequently placed under arrest.

The defendant was remanded to county jail.

His next court date is Feb. 6, 2014.

He faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Steven Vandervelden, Chief of the Organized Crime and Criminal Enterprise Bureau is prosecuting the case.


John Stewart

John Stewart


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