Forgery Arrests

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The U.S. Secret Service says five people arrested this week in Lincoln on suspicion of forgery could be part of a larger check-cashing scam.

Police says the five tried to cash an income tax return check stolen from the mail, on its way to someone in Houston.

Merlyn Barhona of Houston and Veronica Olive and Javier Torres, whose addresses are unknown, were each charged Thursday with three counts of first-degree forgery. Two other men were arrested on suspicion of theft by deception, second-degree forgery and aiding and abetting a forgery. Those two have not yet been charged.

Police say two of the group tried to cash a stolen $2,800 check at a Lincoln business, while the three others waited in a car.

The Secret Service is leading the investigation, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Lincoln and Omaha police are helping.