Police say Syracuse man intercepted, cashed checks intended for Utica business

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UTICA — A Syracuse man is accused of intercepting and cashing thousands of dollars in checks from Carlo Masi Distributors in Utica, according to the Utica Police Department.

Authorities said Carlo Masi paid several outstanding service bills with checks via the mail in June 2021, and several of those checks were stolen in transit.

Police said Michael M. Stevens, 32, of Syracuse, altered two of the checks to be payable to him, and then he cashed them at the Bank of Utica. Authorities said the checks were worth more than $6,800.

Utica Police checked with the Bank of Utica and discovered that Stevens had given the bank a copy of his driver’s license and other biographical information when cashing the large checks. Once identified, police said Stevens was taken into custody on Wednesday on one count each of third-degree grand larceny and second-degree forgery. He is to appear in Utica City Court.

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