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Three arrested for check cashing/burglary ring

PRINCETON – Local law enforcement agencies have assisted in the capture and arrest of three Waukegan men who were responsible for stealing, forging and cashing numerous business and payroll checks in communities throughout LaSalle, Bureau, Whiteside and DeKalb counties. The check cashing/burglary ring was internationally connected to financial crimes in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Wisconsin and Illinois and were responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial institution fraud.

Fernando Sanchez-Guizar, 38, was arrested on a federal fugitive from justice arrest warrant on the offense of bank fraud out of the U.S. Eastern District Count of Wisconsin. Nicolas Armando Chavez-Garcia, 30, was arrested on a felony arrest warrant out of Maury County, Tenn., for theft (bank fraud) and Joel Gaytan-Sandoval, 31, was arrested in connection with a burglary arrest warrant out of Williamson County, Tenn., as well as federal fugitive arrest warrant for bank fraud. All three subjects are currently detained in the Lake County Jail in Waukegan, pending extradition to their respective jurisdictions.

According to a press release issued by the Mendota Police Department, throughout March and April, the stolen and forged checks were presented to financial institutions throughout northern Illinois. The three men used fraudulent identifications cards from out of state to pass the checks.

Criminal investigations are still ongoing locally, and criminal charges are pending against all three men after each respective state’s attorney’s office is able to review each case, according to the press release.

Princeton Police Chief Tom Root could not give further details of the case as the investigation is ongoing, however, he was able to confirm the men had cashed checks in the Princeton area. He was not able to release which businesses were involved.

According to the Mendota Police Department press release, the arrest and capture of the three men was made possible by coordinated efforts of FBI-Green Bay, Wis., Waukegan, Sterling, Peru, Streator, Ottawa, Sycamore, LaSalle, Spring Valley, Fairview, Tenn., LaVergne, Tenn., and Mendota.

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