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Police: Man changed $10 check to $269,951

UPI News Service, 05/05/2010 

Police in Florida said a man was arrested on fraud and grand theft charges for allegedly trying to deposit a $10 check altered to show the amount as $269,951.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office said Clair Arthur Smith, 42, of Cape Coral, received a $10 check from Florida Gulf Bank when he closed his account March 25 and altered the amount to $269,951 before depositing it into his Bank of America account via an ATM April 3, the Fort Myers (Fla.) News-Press reported Wednesday.

Investigators said the deposit receipt was found during a search of Smith's home. They said Smith confessed to the act on tape.

He was arrested and charged with fraud, grand theft and failing to register as a convicted felon in Lee County.

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