ALPENA, MI – A Carp Lake man has been charged in two counties for check fraud after Michigan State Police launched an investigation in April of 2018.
In April of 2018, troopers from the MSP Alpena Post were sent to investigate a fraud where over $4,000 in fraudulent checks had been cashed at an Alpena area credit union. The investigation revealed that 36-year-old Joseph Murray of Carp Lake had cashed the checks and that both checks were based on fraudulent information related to business accounts belonging to companies located in other states. Additionally, Murray attempted to cash a third check, however the credit union denied that attempt due to the previous fraudulent checks.
Upon completion of the investigation, the case was sent to the Alpena County Prosecutors Office for review. The prosecutors office issued a felony warrant charging Joseph Murray with two counts of Uttering and Publishing. He was arraigned in the 88th District Court on December 18th, 2018 where a $100,000 cash bond was levied.
Murray was charged in a similar case in Emmet County in November. Gaylord Troopers investigated after a Petoskey business had cashed a check for over $2000. That also occurred in April of 2018. The business later learned that the check was fraudulent. Joseph Murray was identified as the person who passed the bad check off. The Emmet County Prosecutor charged Murray was one count of Uttering and Publishing and one count of Forgery. He was arraigned on those charges in the 90th District Court on December 6th.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact their local Michigan State Police Post