A 25-year-old man has been bailed to appear before a Honiara Magistrate on 9 March for fraud after he allegedly tried to cash a stolen cheque of SBD$100,000.

Police alleged that the defendant presented a cash cheque for SBD$100,000.00 to a bank teller at ANZ Bank's Panatina Branch on 17 November 2008.

Bank staff became suspicious of the bearer and personally contacted the cheque account owner to verify if he had authorised such a large withdrawal.

He later advised police that the particular cheque presented contained the serial numbers of his old cancelled cheque book stolen, along with other personal items, last year.

The man told Police investigators that he had been stopped and robbed by a group of boys at the crossroad at Sun Valley at the end of June 2008.

Fraud Squad Investigators alleged that the 25-year-old man denied signing the cheque or had written the amount on the cheque during interview. He claimed to have found the folded cheque in the Kukum area on 14 November 2008.

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