Man charged with using bogus checks for $100,000 in electronic equipment Police say the computers, other goods were resold

March 24, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

Baltimore police have arrested a man and charged him with buying more than $100,000 worth of high-tech electronic equipment with bogus checks and then reselling the merchandise to unsuspecting customers.

Detective Kyle D. Zavorotny of the check and fraud unit said the man allegedly used the name of a legitimate Baltimore County business to get checks drawn on a Missouri bank -- and used them to buy computers, copy machines and laser printers.

Police said their investigation has uncovered 30 to 40 companies in the Baltimore and Washington area that sold the man equipment, starting in June, but never got their money because the checks allegedly bounced.

The legitimate company, Taylor Financial Services in Reisterstown, had to fend off creditors who came looking for money.

"They were all calling [the company] trying to get the checks made good," Zavorotny said.

Police said the man used various addresses for equipment deliveries. The detective said police do not know how the man obtained the blank checks.

John Rush, 35, who does not have a permanent address, was charged last week with four counts of writing bad checks and was being held in the Baltimore City Detention Center on $10,000 bail.

Pub Date: 3/24/97

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