Two charged with travelers check scam at Target stores

From staff reportsMarch 21, 2014 

— A man from Brooklyn, N.Y., and one from New Jersey are accused of forging travelers checks to buy gift cards, expensive electronic toothbrushes and a breast pump at area Target stores and returning them to get money at stores in Raleigh, Apex and Morrisville on Wednesday and Thursday.

Philippe Lamour, 48, who gave an address of 380 E. 18th St. SW in Brooklyn, and Artie Antonio Matthews, 29, of 183 Western Parkway in Irvington, N.J., were arrested at the Comfort Inn & Suites Crabtree Valley on Glenwood Avenue about 10:30 Thursday night.

Warrants from Raleigh, Apex and Morrisville police added up to five counts of uttering a forged instrument and eight counts of obtaining property by false pretenses against Lamour along with counts of forgery and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and rolling papers.

Raleigh and Morrisville police named Matthews in five counts of uttering, six counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and possession of marijuana and rolling papers.

Among the charges against both men was one that they bought and returned a breast pump like new mothers use.

One count against Lamour said that part of the property he was accused of getting with bogus checks was $3.79 worth of doughnuts.

Lamour was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail and Matthews in lieu of $150,000 for court appearances Friday.

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