Police find fraud suspect in Ladoga

Timothy Steele

Police caught up to a former Lebanon man wanted on charges of check fraud in Ladoga this week.

Timothy Steele, 57, of Ladoga, lived in Lebanon when he opened a bank account with $100 cash in March, Lebanon Police Officer Aaron Carlson reported.

A bank official told police he then deposited fraudulent checks for $1,999 on April 10, 18 and 19 and another for $5,170 on April 20, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Police contacted a woman whose name was on a check, and she said did not know Steele and never wrote him a check, but her identity had been stolen and she had filed a prior police report, according to court records.

Police learned in May that Steele left his Lebanon address and may have moved to Ladoga, according to court records.

He was charged in June with four counts of check fraud and arrested Monday evening. He bonded out of jail Monday and is scheduled for a pre-trial conference in December.