Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 1, 2012

Man arraigned for passing bogus traveler's checks

— ENID, Okla. — James David Zahorsky’s large collection of traveler’s checks won’t be financing an around-the-world vacation but they might earn him a trip to prison.

Zahorsky was arrested after using several bogus American Express checks to purchase a large quantity of musical equipment.

When authorities tracked him down at his home, they found more than $700,000 in counterfeit traveler’s checks hidden under the mattress in his bedroom.

Zahorsky had used to checks to pay a nearly $40,000 bill at a local music shop. If convicted on each of the 42 counts he faces, Zahorsky could face a possible 301 years in prison.

When interviewed by law enforcement, Zahorsky told police he had signed up to be a secret shopper and he was sent traveler’s checks, according to the affidavit.

Zahorsky said he did not know why anyone would send him that much money to spend. He is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond.

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Details for this story were provided by The Enid (Okla.) News.

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