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Major check cashing ring bust

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Six people were arrested for running a check cashing ring in the Rochester area.

The arrests stem from a joint investigation by the economic crimes units at the Rochester Police and Monroe County Sheriff's Departments, with the help of the Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Inspector.

Rochester resident Derek Floyd, 39, pleaded guilty to bank fraud in U.S. District Court. 

Investigators said Floyd was pulled over driving his SUV on Rt. 96 in Victor. Nearly two dozen pieces of stolen mail was found in his vehicle during a search, according to court documents.

Prosecutors said Floyd kept materials for manufacturing fake checks at an apartment on Emerson Street in Rochester. During a search, police said at least 100 bogus checks and more than 60 IDs were found.

According to court papers, other Floyd used other people to help try and cash checks at local banks that were either counterfeit or stolen and altered in some fashion.

Five other suspects have been charged in Rochester City Court.

Christian Robinson, 21, who is from Rochester, pleaded guilty to criminal possession of forgery devices.

John Weissinger, 28, of Greece faces 43 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Michael Smith, 55, was charged with four counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of identity theft.

Pamela Barnes, 22, faces 10 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of grand larceny.

Anitra Lyman, 31, is charged with two counts of identity theft.

Rochester police said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. Floyd will be sentenced in August.

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