Three people have been charged in a phony check scheme involving the cashing of more than 140 checks forged during a three-month period this year, police said.
Jill Beaghley, 38, of Philadelphia, Cavon Broaddus, 27, of Philadelphia and Donald Lynch, 46, of Willow Grove, were each charged with 142 counts of forgery, 119 counts of unlawful use of computers, dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activities, theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, receiving stolen property, theft by failing to make required disposition of funds received, access device fraud, insurance fraud, identity theft, as well as the conspiracy to commit each of the alleged crimes.
The trio are accused of forging checks and submitting fraudulent insurance claims from a dental practice in the 100 block of North York Road in Hatboro.
The dentist notified Hatboro Police on July 12 that he had discovered checks payable to his practice had been forged with his signature and cashed by a man at a check cashing business on Jacksonville Road in Warminster Township.
Based on video recordings obtained from the check cashing business, police were able to identify the man as Lynch. Beaghley, who was employed as an office manager by the dental practice, allegedly engaged in a conspiracy with Broaddus and Lynch to steal and forge checks with the dentist’s signature. Beaghley would turn the checks over to Lynch and her associate, Broaddus.
Upon receiving the checks, Lynch cashed them at the Warminster location using the dentist’s identification. The three allegedly engaged in this conspiracy from April into July.
Police have identified more than 140 checks that were forged and
cashed as well as several fraudulent insurance claims submitted by Beaghley.
Beaghley was arrested on Wednesday in Lycoming County. Upon being returned to Montgomery County she was arraigned before District Justice Harry J. Nesbitt, of Horsham. Bail was set at $250,000 and Beaghley was remanded to the Montgomery County Prison in lieu of bail.
Broaddus was arrested on Wednesday at his Philadelphia residence. He was returned to Montgomery County and arraigned before District Justice Paul Leo. Bail was set at $250,000. Broaddus was remanded to the Montgomery County Prison in lieu of bail.
Lynch was arrested on Thursday and arraigned before Disrrict Justice Paul Leo. Bail was set at $250,000 and Lynch was released from custody.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Friday before District Judge Paul N. Leo of Hatboro.