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Amenia Woman Cashes $7.5K In Fake Checks, Police Say

Abigail Murphy.
Abigail Murphy. Photo Credit: New York State Police

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - A Dutchess County woman is facing more than two dozen felony charges after allegedly cashing thousands of dollars in forged checks in Millbrook.

Wes’ Autobody on Route 44 in Washington reported fraudulent activity to New York State Police on Saturday, Sept. 16, reporting fraudulent activity, prompting a police investigation into the incident.

The subsequent investigation determined that 26-year-old Amenia resident Abigail Murphy had created nine fraudulent business checks and forged the owners signature. She then cashed those checks, totaling $7,500 at the Bank of Millbrook, which aided police throughout the investigation by providing photographic evidence of Murphy cashing the checks.

Murphy was arrested by state police troopers out of Poughkeepsie and charged with nine counts each of second-degree forgery, third-degree grand larceny and falsifying business records.

Following arraignment in the Town of Pleasant Valley Justice Court, Murphy was remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 property bond. She is due to appear in the Town of Washington Justice Court to answer the charges on Friday.

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