JAY — A Rumford man is accused of cashing $1,179.71 worth of fraudulent payroll checks at a local business, Detective Michael Mejia said.

He arrested Charles Gannon Jr., 23, on Friday on felony charges of aggravated forgery and theft by deception.

The maximum punishment for an aggravated forgery conviction is 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Gannon is being held on $10,000 cash bail at the Franklin County jail in Farmington. He is scheduled to appear in a Franklin County court June 28.

Police in Oxford, Franklin and Androscoggin counties began investigating a series of fraudulent, computer-generated payroll checks cashed in those counties in March. Rumford police made four arrests in the case in late March. Gannon was not among them, Mejia said.

Mejia charged three of the people Rumford police arrested in the scheme for their involvement in Jay, he said.

Brandon Belanger, 45, of Mexico, Shawn Liggetto, 30, of Rumford and Elizabeth Bowen, 23, of Mexico were each charged with felony aggravated forgery. They face forgery and other charges in Oxford County.

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