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Windham County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 266, Newfane, VT 05345

Multi Agency Fraud Arrest-Putney, VT/Bellows Falls, VT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE11/25/2022 10:13 PM

Incident: 22WHC005287/22BF002851
Date: 11/25/22
Location: 58 Main St. Putney, VT
25 The Square Bellows Falls, VT
Investigating Deputy: Det. Sgt. M. Checchi, Deputy D. Gaillardetz-Windham County Sheriff's Office.
Cpl. I. Tuttle, Ofc. R. LaBelle-Bellows Falls PD.

Accused: Ronald J. Freeman II
Age: 51
City & State of Residence: Bronx, NY

Charges: False Pretenses, Identity Theft, Uttering a Forged Instrument

Description: On November 25th, 2022, at approximately 1636 hours, the Windham County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to M&T Bank in Putney, VT for a report of a possible fraud case. Upon the arrival of deputies, they learned that an unknown male had presented a driver's license of another (actual banking customer) with this individual's photo on it in an attempt to defraud the customer and bank of US Currency.

While on scene, it was learned that the individual was now at the Bellows Falls branch of M&T Bank. Bellows Falls Police officers along with officers from the Walpole (NH) PD responded and located the male. As a result of the investigation the male was actually identified as, Ronald J. Freeman II, of the Bronx, NY. It was further learned that Freeman had attempted a similar transaction in Bellows Falls as well as he had in Putney. He was arrested by officers and deputies from the Bellows Falls PD and Windham County Sheriff's Office and transported to the Bellows Falls Police Department for processing. He was ordered held on $25,000 cash or surety bond with conditions and a citation to appear on 11/28/22 at 12:30 pm. He was lodged in lieu of bail at the Southern State Correctional Facility soon after.

Court Date: 11/28/22
Bail: $25,000



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