A Sonora man accused of scamming local residents into cashing fraudulent checks on his behalf throughout August and September was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the Sonora Police Department.
Sonora Chief of Police Turu VanderWiel said the man “played on the good nature” on unsuspecting acquaintances by asking them to cash checks on his behalf because he did not have a checking account or proper identification.
“He would convince them he didn't have ID and wasn't able to cash them himself,” VanderWiel said. “A few days later they would find that the checks were no good and he was long gone.”
The Sonora Police Department investigated three cases between Aug. 6 and Sept. 12 where the man was suspected of defrauding three victims out of more than $2,000, VanderWiel said.
VanderWiel said the man would write a check out for someone who could cash it and then provide the money back to him from their personal checking accounts. Days later, the victims would find out that the check originated from a closed account, VanderWiel said.
According to Sonora Police Department logs, a person at Wells Fargo on Mono Way notified the department that he received two fraudulent checks from a man and woman, and they were supposed to meet sometime on Wednesday for another check.
“The suspect was known for befriending people he did not know well,” VanderWiel said, and “in this most recent case it was someone who had given the guy a ride.”
VanderWiel said in the most recent case, there was no promise of an exchange of money to cash the checks.
VanderWiel said that with this information, they were able to find out the suspect was at the Tuolumne Market, on the 18300 block of Tuolumne Road.
With support from the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office, a Sonora Police officer contacted the man outside of the market, where he was detained without incident.
At the time of his arrest, the man was found to be in possession of additional checks that matched the fraudulent checks possessed by the victims. A Sonora Police Department press release said the man was suspected of possessing several stolen checkbooks from a retired veteran in Nevada.
The woman associated with the case was not on scene and has not been identified yet, VanderWiel said.
Daniel Douglas Broadway, 34, was booked on suspicion of forgery, unlawful use of personal identifying information, criminal conspiracy and misdemeanor charges receiving known stolen property. Broadway was additionally booked by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office on the charge of possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia, a probation violation and warrants for failure to appear on a the charges of resisting a peace officer and unlawful use of personal identifying information.
Broadway was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on $20,000 bail and remains in custody.