The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 3, 1955 · Page 26
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 26

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, November 3, 1955
Page 26
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THUMDAT, BLYTHEVTI.LE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PACK TWENTY-SIX Forgers Wax Fat on. US Checks; Caskers Don't Double Check By KENNETH O. GILMORE NBA Staff Cor respondent WASHINGTON — (NBA) — Forgers and counterfeiters of U. S government checks have never had it so good. Today these swindlers are doing a land office business duping cashiers, businessmen and store keepers across the country They've found that cashing a phony or stolen government check is like taking candy from a baby. Each year Uncle Sam Issues more no such bank, than 350 million checks, yet numerous gullible persons believe that anything with the words "U. S. Government" or "U. S. Treasury" on it is supported to the bottom of Fort Knox. Or they just don't have the sense to ask for proper identification when they cash a government check. And the crook slips away. As a result, the U. S. Secret Service investigated more than 45,000 forged government checks worth more than two and a half million dollars during the last fiscal year. That's an all-time high. It's their job to guard against any foul play that has to do with currency or federal checks and bonds. But task is noi easy when people are so easily fooled. "The carelessness with which some businessmen cash checks is sometimes incredible," says U. E. Bfluehman, chief of the Secret Service. He tells of tfte woman in Chicago, lor example, who received formal noikre from the government that she would no longer receive her allotment checks for $137,10. This was printed on a cardboard form perforated like a government check. Believing the notice to be a Check, she took it to the owner of a tevern. He had her endorse it and then forked over the cash. One of the most interesting counterfeit cases handled by the Secret Service recently came to a dramatic head in Denver, Col. It illustrates the swft operation of the S. S. as well ac the gullibility of cashiers. Near the end of September several bank* in Wisconsin reported they had received counterfeit Treasury cheeks. AH were made out to Lou J. Ames for either $93.27 or $103.27. They had been cashed in super markets. The checks were crude and obvious counterfeits. On the lower corner of each one, for example, it said, "To First Federal Reserve Bank, Washington, D. C." There is usual case. Every year the Secret, persoiui! check, and the person who Service investigates cases where caches it is the loser, crooks have actually succeeded in "Counterfeiitrs and .check forp- photostntic copies of fed-j ers fool somebody to make u The only part of the check that looked authentic was the signature of Treasury Secretary George Humphrey. "It was a beautiful reproduction of his name," says one of the agents who worked on the case, "but anybody should have been able to spot that check as a fake." By searching' the handwriting files of the Milwaukee police department, agents figured the check ]j had been written by a Jack Harvey Raymond. He had escaped- from prison two years before while serving a life sentence mostly for forgery. When another Lou J. Ames check was laid down in Minnesota warning circulars were sent out to super markets in the entire western area where it was thought he was head- Ing. They described the check and the suspect. • • * Less than a week later Raymond walked into a super market in Denver and tried to cash a check. The manager recognized It and refused to cash it. Then he had a clerk spot the crook's license number. It was put out over a police bulletin and immediately a Denver police car spotted Raymond's auto. But the criminal was prepared. Knowing he was being chased, he turned on a red light and a siren he had installed and took off. The two cars screamed through the city at 90 miles an hour. But the criminal failed to make a right turn and hit a traffic island. He jumped out and ran across the street to a vacant lot and hid behind a chicken coop. When the pursuing cop fired two shots in the air, he surrendered. Raymond Is now on trial. His printing presses and equipment were subsequently found in Belle Fourche, S. D., along with 89 counterfeit checks, and several hundred commercial checks he claims to have cashed in all 48 states. This 16 a dramatic but not nn un- eral checks. They also fina people accept old ape pension checks from kids who have 5tolen them. "A government check is as qooci as sold — provided it is endorsed by the person who is entitled to it." emphasizes Chief Bnughmnn "But one with a forged endorsement is as worthless as any forged proiit. Storekeepers and who cash checks without proper identification of the holders are often to blame. ''Only with.their full cooperation and the aid of local police departments, can the Secret Service hope to reduce and prevent these crimes which ;ire aimed at the pocketbook of the average citizen." vMted Mr. And MM. (Mem Muddock last Sunday. Mrs. Veta Hays, Mrs. Jim Speck and daughtre Shelby Jean of Joiner weer guests Sunday of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hayes and family. Mrs. Inez Permenter and Mrs. Ihirold Permenter attended the P, T. A. County Council meeting m Blythevillc Friday. Mis.s Dixie Hazel Howard and | Charles Stanford Howard, students at Arkansas State College, visited their parents, .Mr. and Mrs. Charles Howard, over the weekend. Mrs. James Bourland of Great Lakes, 1)1.. is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mr.s. J. B. Clark and mother-in-law, Mrs. Bill Carter. Miss Nora Jackson of Arkansas State College spent Tuesday night with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jackson. Mr. and Mrs. Wright of Carlisle , Mrs. W. E. Head was hostess Wednesday afternoon to , seven members of the Home Demonstration Club and one visitor, Mrs. Paul Hayes. Mrs. W. L. Hanna. president, presided over the meeting. The meeting was opened with group singing followed with a devotional given by Mrs. Head. The group voted to give a donation to the Boy and Girl Scout Troops of Luxora and the 4-H Club, Mrs. Ercel Skeen gave a demonstration, "How to Make Straw Bags." Mrs. Gerald Chafin, Mrs. Hershel Brewer, Mrs. Howard Clark, Mrs. Ercel Skrai and Mrs. Paul Hayes entertained the Juniors and inu-r- mectlntos of .Baptist Church Thursday night with a Halloween party. Halloween games Were played by the group and refreshments were served. LIMITED MKMKKRSilll' Membership in the French Academy is limited to 40 members, often referred to as the "Forty Immortals." 'Hie a c n d e m y ' s famous dictionary is an authoritative national standard. MISNAMED Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was named for u river that does not exist. Spanish discoverers, in 1502, mistook tlip wide bay for the mouth of u river, which they called River of Janiwry, because they came upon it on Jnmmry first. .W.V.V.V Special BEER Prices FALSTAFF and GRIESEDIECK BROS. $«2 V 2-1 blls. Phillip Applebaum Liquor Store 110 S. Fifth rh. 3-9641 TBPUMIIHY DBpAttTi M.JMX—liilfrtii M,_. 1*0 j 93 POLS 27 W ATM* TH B AtMJR Y IT LOOKS IMPRESSIVE, but it's as phony as a three dollar hill. Despite the fact there's no such bank as the out; printed In check's corner, Jack Raymond (alias Ames) got It cashed. Smallest Baby Dies BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (M Rosemary Christian, the smallest baby ever recorded here at birth, died Tuesday at the age of 10 months. She weighed only 20 ounces when born four months prematurely last December. Doctors blamed complications arising from premature birth. Production or starch from cereal grains was described by Marcus Porcius Catokin in B.C. 184 Kerr Visits Johnson AUSTIN, Tex. WV-Sen. Robert S. 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