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Two former Posey County residents have found themselves in the Posey County Jail as the result of passing checks.
Posey County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call from the Community State Bank in Poseyville, where bank employees suspected two individuals of fraudulent activities.
On January 23, Deputy Sheriff Dustin Seitz began investigating the activities of two individuals who had opened fraudulent accounts at the bank.
According to information provided by Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth, the two individuals of interest were identified as Randy A. Hoehn Jr. and April Marie Harvey. It was revealed as the investigation continued that both Hoehn and Harvey had made several attempts to pass a number of fraudulent checks at both the Poseyville and Cynthiana bank locations.
Through the alertness of bank employees the actions of the two were exposed. Posey County Sheriff’s Detective Jeremy Fortune joined the investigation and found the exploits of Hoehn and Harvey extended beyond Posey County.
After conversing with investigators in Princeton, it was discovered that the pair was suspected of similar activities at six banking locations in Princeton. Their crime spree in Gibson County is believed to have netted nearly $25,000. The Indiana State Police Department is also investigating cases in Pike County, where Hoehn and Harvey are believed to be involved.
After locating the suspects, Detective Fortune was able to gain information through their interviews which implicated each of them as being involved in the Posey County crimes.
Fortune arrested both Hoehn and Harvey after their interviews. They were lodged in the Posey County Jail where they remain. The case has been forwarded to the Posey County Prosecutor for consultation and review. The Posey County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to work with officials in Gibson County and the Indiana State Police as the investigations proceed.
Arrested are Randy A. Hoehn Jr. (age 39), April Marie Harvey (age 31, formerly of Posey County) and currently of Oakland City, Ind.
The couple will face charges of Fraud on a Financial Institution, a Class C Felony, and forgery. also a Class C felony.
In a note to Posey Sheriff Greg Oeth early this week, CSB State Bank President Steve Bennett said, “We really appreciate the assistance getting Mr. Hoehn and Ms. Harvey behind bars after their theft of funds from us. Jeremy Fortune and Dustin Seitz really did a great job getting that done very quickly – please thank them both for us.”