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Two Men Arrested In Connection With Fraudulent Check Charges Of Nearly $400,000
Reported by: Tiersa Davis
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Dec. 28, 2012 11:46 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 8, 2013 1:26 PM EST
Gallipolis , Gallia County , Ohio
Two men have been arrested in connection with a fraudulent check scheme totaling about $400,000 in several states.
Joseph Christopher Hajj, 32, of Nitro and James H. Moore, 30, of Gallipolis were arrested by the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Squad. Washington County, Ohio, investigators were able to track the two men and alerted the marshals, Gallia County sheriff's authorities said. Hajj was arrested in Kennesaw, Ga., and Moore was arrested in Chattanooga, Tenn. Police said both were driving stolen vehicles.
Authorities said two suspects are being accused of writing thousands of dollars of fraudulent checks to buy vehicles, guns, gasoline and tools. The suspects are facing charges in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Georgia. Investigators believe the two were writing fraudulent checks from a construction company for large sums.
A man is wanted in multiple states after authorities say he wrote several bad checks for large amounts.
Joseph Christopher Hajj, 32, is being sought by the Gallia County Sheriff's Department and is facing other charges in Ohio and West Virginia, according to a news release from the department. Deputies are searching for Hajj in connection with a truck that was allegedly purchased in Beckley with a bad check and recovered in the Quail Creek area by Gallia deputies. Hajj is facing charges of theft by by check.
Hajj is also wanted in Meigs County, Ohio, on a theft by deception to obtain firearms charge. Sgt. Daniel Leonard with the Meigs County Sheriff department said the suspect used a fake check from a contracting company in Nitro and bought two handguns for $730. Sgt. Leonard said it wasn't until the seller of the handguns ran the check through his bank that he realized it was fake.
In April, Hajj was arrested by Nitro police after police discovered a vehicle that was believed to be stolen in a driveway of a home where Hajj was allegedly hiding. Hajj is wanted in several counties for allegedly writing bad checks.
Hajj is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs about 180 pounds and has hazel eyes, black hair and a goatee.
Nitro Police arrest a man in connection with a stolen vehicle.
Patrolman D. S. Bays received a tip that a stolen vehicle was parked in front of 147 Main Avenue in Nitro, Wednesday night.
Ptlm. Bays and Lieutenant C. A. Greene responded and found a white 2012 Dodge Ram truck in the driveway.
Upon further investigation, officers discovered that the truck had been reported as a stolen vehicle.
Officers were also advised that a male named Joseph Christopher Hajj, 31, was wanted in connection with the case.
They found Hajj hiding in the attic of the home. He was also wanted in Kentucky and Georgia for a probation violation for grand larceny of a car.
Hajj also had six warrants for writing worthless checks in Putnam County and one worthless check warrant from Kanawha County.
Additional charges are expected to be filed on Thursday. Hajj was taken to the South Central Regional Jail.
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