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6 Accused Of Passing $40G Worth Of Fake Payroll Checks In Southeast Texas

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Stock photo of a close up of a fountain pen on a check. (credit: Pete Gardner/Getty Images)

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SILSBEE, Texas (AP) — Police say six people have been accused of passing about $40,000 worth of fake payroll checks in Southeast Texas.

Silsbee police Chief Mark Davis said Tuesday that five suspects who remain in custody are from Honduras and are believed to be in the U.S. illegally. He says a suspect from Houston has posted bond. All have been charged with forgery.

Davis told The Associated Press that Friday was payday for a manufacturing firm in Silsbee. He says the fake checks were similar to those from a legitimate company that supplies temporary workers.

The suspects were captured late Saturday after allegedly returning, for a second day, to try to cash more fake checks at some of the same businesses.

Police in Port Arthur and immigration authorities are assisting with the investigation.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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