Press-Republican

March 23, 2013

West Chazy man arrested on multiple fraud charges

By FELICIA KRIEG
Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — A West Chazy man has been charged with check forgery and scheme to defraud.

State Police and Plattsburgh City Police are working together on the case.

Cale A. Frennier, 24, allegedly wrote bad checks to at least seven businesses in the City of Plattsburgh and the Town of Plattsburgh.

CITY CHARGES

In December 2012, Plattsburgh City Police received a report from Kinney Drugs on Boynton Avenue in the city that three checks written from CKF Construction Co. had been returned to them, said City Police Lt. Scott Beebie.

Frennier used the official checks from his construction business in the transactions, State Police said.

Then on Feb. 12, the Kinney Drugs on Cornelia Street next to the Stewart’s Shop in the city reported a check was returned from Frennier’s construction company, Beebie said.

Investigation showed Frennier had written bad checks at three other businesses in the city — Alix’s True Value, Richard’s Grocery and Yando’s Big M Supermarket — Beebie said, noting checks had come from multiple accounts.

City detectives arrested Frennier on March 9, charging him with scheme to defraud, a felony; three counts of third-degree grand larceny, a felony; fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony; and four counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $5,000 total bail for all the charges.

Frennier was released from custody when he posted bail on those charges Monday, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.

TOWN OF PLATTSBURGH

Plattsburgh-based State Police are still investigating bad checks they say Frennier wrote to Saleem’s Petroleum on Rugar Street in the Town of Plattsburgh in February from a closed account.

Before that incident, Frennier allegedly wrote two checks totaling $848 to Saleem’s.

A Saleem’s employee initially called State Police.

Frennier also wrote multiple fraudulent checks to Curtis Lumber in Plattsburgh and Bobcat Equipment Rentals in Plattsburgh, State Police said.

The checks made out to Curtis Lumber total more than $1,300, with $1,100 made out to Bobcat Equipment Rentals, authorities said.

State Police also said Frennier used checks from more than one account.

They arrested Frennier on Feb. 12, charging him with two felonies: second-degree possession of a forged instrument and first-degree scheme to defraud.

He was arraigned in Plattsburgh Town Court and sent to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond. Frennier posted $1,000 in cash bail later that day.

Investigation into the case continues, as State Police suspect Frennier could have written more fraudulent checks.

He is due to appear in Plattsburgh Town Court on March 26 and in Plattsburgh City Court on April 3.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.com