PLATTSBURGH — Four people were arrested here in relation to a fraudulent check-cashing scheme, according to a Plattsburgh City Police press release.

Cup Cup and Away owner Melissa Daniels, 29, allegedly wrote payroll checks with fraudulent business names and account information, the release said, while Christopher Daniels, 25, Dalton Gardner, 25, and Miyah Nephew, 19, all of Plattsburgh, allegedly passed the checks at businesses around the city.

An investigation came after several reports of fraudulent checks being passed at local businesses in September, leading to detectives executing a search warrant at the business and Melissa Daniels’ Clinton Street residence Sept. 30, according to the release.

There they allegedly found several articles of evidence related to the forgeries.

Both Melissa and Christopher Daniels were arrested Sept. 30 and arraigned in Plattsburgh City Court Oct. 1.

Melissa Daniels was charged with five counts of second-degree forgery, criminal possession of a forgery device, scheme to defraud and fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies, as well as fifth-degree conspiracy and petit larceny, both misdemeanors.

She was sent to Clinton County Jail without bail.

Christopher Daniels was charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor, and was also remanded to Clinton County Jail without bail.

Both Daniels remained in county jail as of 11:30 a.m. Thursday. 

Nephew was arrested and arraigned Oct. 3 on a second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a felony, and was released on her own recognizance.

Gardner was arrested and arraigned in Oct. 5 and was charged with three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, and three counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor, before also being released on his own recognizance.


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