PLYMOUTH — A Grovertown man has been arrested by Plymouth Police for allegedly attempting to cash counterfeit traveler’s checks. Plymouth Police Department received a report on Nov. 17, regarding a counterfeit travelers check in the amount of $500 that had been cashed on Nov. 16 by Thomas Levendowski at First Federal Savings Bank, Plymouth.
Further investigation revealed nine more counterfeit travelers checks, in the amount of $500 each, had been presented at First Federal Savings Bank in Mishawaka on Nov. 17, to be cashed. Cash was not given to Levendowski after bank personnel determined the checks were counterfeit.
Officer Bob Delee of the Plymouth Police Department made contact with Levendowski and Levendowski claimed he had received the travelers checks from the sale of merchandise.
Detective Sgt. Leo Mangus began a further investigation on Nov. 19. During further questioning, Levendowski admitted he had given Delee false information regarding the travelers checks.
Levendowski stated he had received 10 counterfeit checks in the mail and spoke with an unknown person on the phone about these checks. He stated he believed this person was in Africa or India. He was instructed to send the money by Western Union to this unknown person. Levendowski stated he knew there was a problem with the checks so he used all of the money he had received from First Federal Savings Bank in Plymouth for his personal use.
An arrest warrant was issued in St. Joseph County regarding multiple counts of forgery. Mangus located Levendowski on Jan. 6. He was then booked into the Marshall County Jail regarding forgery and false informing.
Levendowski is also being held for St. Joseph County.