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Massena man indicted for possessing stolen check

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CANTON - A Massena man charged with stealing checks while he was doing home construction work at a residence in the community has been indicted by a St. Lawrence County grand jury.

Michael K. Kocsis, 47, of 92 Water Street, Apt. 1, Massena, was indicted for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

He allegedly forged a Seacomm Federal Credit Union check belonging to Robert Dupree, who was deceased at the time.

Massena Village Police had charged Kocsiswith two felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. He was arraigned by Massena

As part of that same investigation, Bobbie J. French, 29, of 2475 County Route 55, Brasher, and Amanda K. Swiger, 29, of 14 Main St., Helena, were each charged with third-degree forgery. They allegedly each cashed one check Kocsis had stolen from a residence on Haskell Street.

According to court documents, Kocsis had been hired to work for Kevin Layo doing renovation work at the Gloria Dupree residence, 20 Haskell St., in December when he allegedly removed checks from checkbooks when he was inside the residence.

Ms. Dupree, in a statement she provided police, said she had noticed a check she had not written had been cashed when she was on-line reviewing her bank accounts on Dec. 30.

French, in a statement she reportedly signed for police, said she had cashed a check for $125 for Kocsis on Dec. 27 at SeaComm. She told police the check had been filled out when Kocsis gave it to her, and she simply cashed the check and gave him the money. That check was purportedly signed by Ms. Dupree’s late husband, Bob.

Swiger reportedly cashed a second check for $125 on the account of Yvonne Rice, also living at 20 Haskell St., on Jan. 7 at the Woodforest Bank at Walmart. She told police she had also cashed the check for Kocsis and given him the money.

Kocsis reportedly told both women he couldn’t cash the checks because he didn’t have a bank account.

The grand jury also indicted Bruce A. Cockayne, 50, of 32 McCarthy Road, Winthrop, for aggravated driving while intoxicated and two counts of driving while intoxicated, class E felonies.

Mr. Cockayne, who was convicted of driving while intoxicated in Ogdensburg in February 2009, was reportedly stopped by state police for a signal light violation on March 28 on the McCarthy Road in the town of Stockholm. Troopers said he had a blood alcohol content of 0.29 percent, nearly four times the legal limit.

Michael K. Kocsis, 47, of 92 Water Street, Apt. 1, Massena.

Mr. Kocsis was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class D felony.

He allegedly forged a Seacomm Federal Credit Union check belonging to Robert Dupree, who was deceased at the time.

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