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Fayetteville duo charged with passing fake payroll checks

Posted May 27, 2008

— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives have arrested two people for allegedly passing counterfeit payroll checks.

Mark Steven Boutan, 45, who they said is homeless, and Shanee Burtwell, 25, of 114 North Kennedy St., were passing checks on a fictitious Waffle House account at a Hope Mills pawn shop, authorities said.

Deputies said they suspect there might be others who unknowingly accepted counterfeit payroll checks from Waffle House over the weekend. Investigators asked any of those victims to contact the Cumberland County Property Crimes Unit at 910-677-5455.

Boutan was charged with felony possession of counterfeit instruments, with forgery and uttering and with obtaining property by false pretense. He was released from the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $2,000 unsecured bond.

Burtwell was charged with two counts of felony forgery and uttering, two counts obtaining property by false pretense, injury to personal property, second-degree trespassing and felony conspiracy. She was released under a $2,500 unsecured bond.

Both suspects were expected to make a first court appearance Tuesday at the Detention Center Courthouse.


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  • TStills May 27, 2008

    I guess Burtwell's hedge fund must have gotten into trouble with MBS, hence the bogus Waffle House checks....

  • Paladin2 May 27, 2008

    Passing fake payroll checks - and releasing them on unsecured bond. LEO will have to try to find them once again after they suprisingly don't show up for the hearing. How easy is it to locate a homeless person?