Man accused of taking, forging checks
BENNINGTON — A South Street man was arraigned Monday after police said they believed he took checks from his landlady in Dorset and wrote checks for more than $1,200 in November.
Daniel K. Torres, 26, of Bennington, pleaded innocent in Bennington criminal court Monday to two felony counts of forgery, three misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property and a misdemeanor charge of using false tokens. Torres was released without bail.
In an affidavit, Trooper Travis Hess, of the Vermont State Police, said he was assigned a case of possible fraud Nov. 26.
Hess said he spoke with a woman who said three of her checks had gone missing. She told him one had been cashed in Bennington for $450 and another for $800 was taken to the bank but the teller wouldn’t cash it.
The woman said she learned from the person who had been given the $800 check that it had come from Torres to whom she rented an apartment in Dorset.
Hess said he spoke with the woman who cashed the $450 check. She said she had done it as a favor for Torres and gave him all the money. According to the woman, Torres told her the money was a refund from his security deposit and he said he didn’t want to cash it himself because he owed money to the bank.
During the investigation, Hess said he learned Torres was in a drug and alcohol treatment program. On Feb. 27, the citation was given to Torres’ attorney, David Silver.