Ohio couple charged in alleged Carrollton check-fraud scheme

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By Sharon Graves

Carroll County Sheriff’s Department arrested two people involved in an alleged check-fraud scam.

Constance Marie Pikaart, 23, and Timothy Ray Perkins, 31, were arrested Nov. 10; both were lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center and later released on $5,000 full-cash bonds each.

According to court records, Pikaart allegedly attempted to cash a forged check at the Quick Money pawn shop, 1417 Highland Ave., Carrollton.  Deputy Jim Hamilton said Pikaart also allegedly opened an account at US Bank at 416 Highland Ave., using another forged check.

Pikaart, listed as living in Mount Vernon, Ohio, was charged with three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Perkins, who gave a Lima, Ohio, address, reportedly was found in possession of a business-style checkbook. On the checks is the name of a Pennsylvania company, and the name Collin Miller. The checks were falsly ordered from a check company, said Sheriff Ben Smith. Perkins was charged with one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Smith said the couple had been staying in a trailer on Mason Street in Carrollton. He said the checkbook used in the scam originally had 200 checks, and 30 were missing.

The case has been turned over to the Carroll County grand jury.