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Six people charged after alleged check-fraud scheme gets $46,000

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 7:14 am

A half-dozen people were charged Tuesday in Allen Superior Court for their roles in what investigators described as a “fraudulent check-cashing scheme.” Police who pieced together the events last May allege that those involved in the forgery ring cashed at least 16 phony payroll checks at various locations of Grabill Bank in Allen County, resulting in a total loss of more than $46,000.

Those charged Tuesday include:

*Jennifer E. Kelly, 46, of Indianapolis, charged with one count of corrupt business influence, a Class C felony; four counts of forgery, a Class C felony; and four counts of theft, a Class D felony.

*Donald K. Blitz, 58, of Indianapolis, charged with one count of corrupt business influence, a Class C felony; two counts of forgery, a Class C felony; and two counts of theft, a Class D felony.

*Phillip J. Brant, 47, of Crawfordsville, charged with one count of corrupt business influence, a Class C felony; four counts of forgery, a Class C felony; and four counts of theft, a Class D felony.

*Kurt B. Hinkle, 51, of Indianapolis, charged with charged with one count of corrupt business influence, a Class C felony; two counts of forgery, a Class C felony; and two counts of theft, a Class D felony.

*Josh L. Allen, 28, of Indianapolis, charged with charged with one count of corrupt business influence, a Class C felony; three counts of forgery, a Class C felony; and three counts of theft, a Class D felony.

*John N. Koss Jr., 58, of Indianapolis, charged with one count of corrupt business influence, a Class C felony; one count of forgery, a Class C felony; and one count of theft, a Class D felony.