HARTFORD, Conn. – The purported head of a small check counterfeiting ring was arrested here Tuesday.

The ring passed at least 37 counterfeit checks in 16 different towns and three different states, police said.

Joshua McRae, 35, is accused of organizing the counterfeit check ring and causing $21,923 in losses to businesses, including Dutch Point FCU, Workers FCU, Webster Bank, USAA, New England Bank and TD Bank.

McRae was charged with violation of the corrupt organization and racketeering act, four counts of forgery, five counts of conspiracy to commit forgery in the second degree, third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit larceny in the third degree.


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