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Victor James Leeser
courtesy of Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office

Charlotte Man Charged with Attempting to Pass Fake Check at Bank in Denver

25-year-old Victor James Leeser of Charlotte has been arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. He was charged with felony attempting to obtain property by false pretenses.

Leeser allegedly attempted to pass a fake check at the First Federal Savings Bank in Denver. Wednesday (July 26), Deputies were dispatched to the bank where the bank manager had followed the suspect after the incident. A Detective found the man as he was walking near Will Proctor Road. The suspect, identified as Victor James Leeser, was taken into custody.

According to a press release issued by the Sheriff’s Office, Leeser tried to cash a check written on the account of the Ore Bank Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department on N.C. Highway 150 East. Bank officials had already contacted a representative of the fire department and confirmed that they did not write the check. Detectives recovered the fictitious check.

The suspect originally told Detectives that he received the check as payment for roofing work done at a location on Lake Norman. He later admitted he was approached by a man on Graham Street in Charlotte who offered the suspect a percentage of the check if he would go to the bank and cash it. The man drove Leeser to a location near the bank and dropped him off.

Leeser was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond. He’ll appear in District Court on August 17. The investigation is ongoing.