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Pa. man facing theft by deception, criminal simulation charges in Hackettstown

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – A Pennsylvania man is facing several charges after he allegedly cashed and attempted to cash fraudulent checks at a Hackettstown bank, police said.

Michael Bellamy, 31, of Easton was charged on June 26 with third-degree theft by deception, third-degree criminal attempt to commit theft by deception, two counts of fourth-degree criminal simulation.

On May 6 at around 12:59 p.m. the Hackettstown Detective Bureau responded to Valley Bank, located at 105 Mill Street, in reference to a person who was attempting to cash a fraudulent check. While officers were responding, the suspect left the drive thru of the bank, police said.

Through an investigation it was determined that Bellamy cashed a fraudulent check on April 6 in the amount of $863.48 and attempted to cash a fraudulent check in the amount of $935.00 on May 6, police said.

Bellamy was charged and has a pending a court appearance, police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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