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On Thursday, Wrentham Police responded to the Wrentham Village Premium Outlet Mall for a report of two suspects who were passing fraudulent traveler’s checks.
When police arrived, mall security and mall management staff were maintaining surveillance of the suspects, who were heading toward the parking lot, according to police.
Police apprehended James Estime, 29, of 1824 Madahorn Drive, Orlando, FL, and Francois Thermitus Jr, 32, of 5457 Arpana Drive, Orlando, FL.
Both suspects were arrested and charged with forgery of traveler’s checks; uttering false traveler’s checks; and larceny over $250, police said.
The suspects allegedly manufactured traveler’s checks and then used them to purchase goods at a variety of stores throughout the mall, as well as at stores in Connecticut and Maine, police said.
The scheme netted the suspects merchandise and also cash from change provided by the merchants where the fraudulent checks were passed.
A joint investigation is being conducted by the Wrentham Police and the United States Secret Service.