The Collier County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that two Immokalee men were arrested on multiple felony charges after detectives say they cashed nearly $3,000 in stolen and forged checks.
Arthur Alvarado, 53, of 310 South 7th Street, and Simon Conde Jr., 42, of 1397 America Way, were arrested after the victim told deputies that his bank notified him that multiple checks from his business account had been cashed in Immokalee on January 16 and 17.
The victim checked his vehicle and discovered his checkbook was missing. He told detectives that he believes someone entered his vehicle while it was parked outside an Immokalee grocery store on January 15 and stole his checkbook from inside.
In total, five checks were cashed totaling more than $2,600.
When confronted by deputies, Conde Jr and Alvarado admitted to cashing the checks but both men gave different accounts for how they came into possession of the checks.
Alvarado is charged with grand theft, three counts of uttering a forged instrument, and two counts of petit theft. Conde Jr. is charged with two counts of uttering a forged instrument and two counts of petit theft.
Alvarado has prior arrests for possession of narcotic paraphernalia, battery, domestic violence battery, violation of probation, threatening or intimidating a witness, possession of a controlled substance, trespassing, and multiple traffic offenses.
Conde has a sketchy history as well. His record includes DUI, providing false information to an officer, driving on a suspended license, violation of probation, and being a fugitive from justice.
For now, both men are still in custody at the Collier County Jail awaiting their day in court.