2013-06-28 by: Deputy Paula J. Priester
|For the past two weeks, Detective Corey Johnson with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Bureau has been investigating a check fraud case. According to reports, suspects Lindsay Smith, Robert Ostrender, Edward Zaccheo, and Bobbie Martin have cashed fraudulent checks at Publix and Hitchock’s Supermarkets.
The investigation revealed that Smith obtained several checks from a friend’s residence without their knowledge. Smith shared the checks with Ostrender and the pair visited several unsuspecting merchants until they were able to cash the checks.
Further investigation revealed that Smith obtained additional checks from a family construction company which is no longer in business. Smith shared these checks with Martin and Zaccheo. Detective Johnson concluded that Martin actually printed several checks at a local public school where she worked.
Detective Johnson stated “There have been four people arrested in this case so far. The amount of the checks cashed is approximately $4,600.00”.
On Friday, June 21, 2013, Smith and Ostrender were arrested and charged with multiple counts of Larceny and Fraud. Smith is being held in the Putnam County Jail with a bond in the amount of $11, 048.00 and Ostrender is being held in the Putnam County Jail with a bond in the amount of $10,040.00.
Zaccheo was already incarcerated at the Putnam County Jail on unrelated charges. Zaccheo was charged with one count Larceny and one count Fraud.
Detective Johnson obtained a warrant for Martin for the charge of Scheming to Defraud. On Friday, June 28, 2013, Martin was arrested in neighboring Flagler County. A fifth suspect has been identified in this case and charges are pending.