A Chambersburg man faces 85 separate felony charges in connection with a check-cashing fraud scheme involving at least nine other people.
Police said Devon Jon Legrand, 32, created fake checks then solicited others to cash them. Local check-cashing businesses in Chambersburg alone lost over $10,000 last September and October when they cashed the fake checks.
Charges have also been filed against nine people who passed the fake checks Legrand produced, police said. A Chambersburg police press release did not list the names of those individuals.
When police began investigating the bad check cases last fall, they found the checks had several similarities. Their investigation eventually led them to Legrand’s operation.
Legrand was actually arrested on drug charges last October, however, when he was found to be in possession of numerous check making materials.
He was charged with one count of Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver a controlled substance and a firearms violation, both felonies, in the drug case.
Police filed the forgery conspiracy and related charges against Legrand when they finished their investigation into those incidents this month.
Legrand is charged with 72 counts of conspiracy to commit forgery, 13 counts of criminal solicitation in connection with the passing of the forged checks and one count of theft by deception.
Online court documents do not show a preliminary arraignment for him on the latest charges as of Monday. It is at that arraignment that bail in the case will be set and a preliminary hearing set.
Legrand is already in jail on last fall’s drug charge, however. Magisterial District Judge Glenn Manns set his bail at $300,000 in that case during an arraignment last October and he has not been able to post it, according to court records.
Manns found enough evidence in the drug case during a preliminary hearing Jan. 14 to send it to the Franklin County Court of Common pleas.
Legrand’s formal arraignment, in that case, is set for 1 p.m. Feb. 19 before Judge Shawn Meyers.