2 Mount Morris men charged in connection with check thefts

Livingston County Sheriff's Office Photographs From left, Matthew E. Bell and Jeremy D. Dufrane.

Two Mount Morris men are facing felony charges after being accused of cashing personal checks that were allegedly stolen from a Geneseo resident, reports the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

Matthew E. Bell, 26, was arrested June 26 and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class D felony, and two counts of petit larceny. Jeremy D. Dufrane, 38, was arrested June 29 and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of petit larceny. Both arrests were made by Sheriff’s Investigator Shawn Whitford.

The arrests followed an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

It is alleged that on Sept. 17, 2019, Bell and Dufrane went to the Five Star Bank where each of them cashed personal checks in the amount of $50. It is further alleged that the checks were stolen from a resident who lived in the village of Geneseo and that the resident did not endorse or give permission for the checks to be cashed. It is also alleged that Bell stole several Xbox and Playstation video games from the resident, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Upon their arrests, Bell and Dufrane were turned over to Central Booking Deputies at Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. Under the state Justice Reform Act, the offenses qualified for arraignment, however a judge cannot set bail on said charges.

Bell was later arraigned at Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at Livingston County Jail before Town of Caledonia Justice Mark Riggi, who released Bell on his own recognizance.

Dufrane was later arraigned at LC-CAP before Village of Geneseo Justice Thomas Bushnell, who released Dufrane on his own recognizance.

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