Pasco man caught using fraudulent checks to buy items worth hundreds of thousands of dollars

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PASCO, Wash. — A 24-year-old Tri-Cities man is being charged with attempted fraud for using checks from a closed account to purchase trucks, boats and camper vans worth more than $350,000 in total.

According to the Pasco Police Department, officers made contact with and arrested Dalton Wade McManamon for Unlawful Issuance of Bank Checks on July 12. They say he used fraudulent checks totaling more than $300,000 to buy two pickup trucks, a boat and a camper.

One business contacted Pasco police to investigate the fraudulent purchase, leading them to develop probable cause and make the arrest. Through that process, authorities recovered property purchased using fraudulent checks and returned them to their rightful owners.

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Since being released from jail, McManamon is accused of trying to relaunch his operation. Pasco police officers say he attempted to buy another RV worth $36,768.41 from a dealership based in their city. However, instead of moving forward with the purchase before checking, the vendor attempted to verify the check and returned a result saying ‘Non-Sufficient Funds.’

Pasco police officers brought McManamon back into custody and will now charge him with attempted fraud, they say. Officers used this as an example for community members and local businesses:

“This is a public service announcement, PLEASE verify all checks for funds before selling any big ticket item,” the Pasco Police post stated.

This is a developing news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued if further details are announced.

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