The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Snyder County

January 27, 2014

Man charged in $9G stolen check, credit card fraud

— SELINSGROVE — Felony theft and forgery charges were filed against a 22-year-old Selinsgrove man accused of cashing checks stolen from a relative and using a credit card taken from another couple.

Zachary W. Schreffler was arraigned Monday following his arrest in connection with the three-month crime spree that began in late November when he allegedly began cashing a series of seven checks totaling $2,250 that he stole from Nancy Schreffler.

Shamokin Dam police received a call from employees at First National Bank on Dec. 9 reporting that Schreffler was attempting to cash an $800 check bearing a signature that didn’t match Nancy Schreffler’s. Bank employees checked and found seven other checks cashed from her account with a similar allegedly forged signature, court records said.

Police said Nancy Schreffler told police she didn’t write the checks or authorize Zachary Scheffler to cash them.

Zachary Scheffler admitted taking the checks from his relative’s home, forging and cashing them. He continued to do it “because he thought it was easy the first time,” court records said.

Just days after getting caught in the check case, Schreffler is accused of using a credit card belonging to Neil and Samantha Dock without permission on 36 occasions and racking up $7,058 in bills purchasing video games, a necklace and gift cards between Dec. 13 and Jan. 6, state police at Selinsgrove said.

He was arraigned by District Judge John H. Reed on two counts each of felony theft and access device fraud, as well as forgery and receiving stolen property charges.

He is being held in the Snyder County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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