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Man accused of cashing worthless checks SEBRING - A former Avon Park resident has been accused of cashing worthless checks at Mid Florida Credit Union, according to a report released Thursday. Taiwan Levon Blandin, 24, 315 State Road G201, Bowling Green, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office on a warrant and charged with third-degree grand theft, scheme to defraud, forgery/alteration of a public record and making a deposit with an intent to defraud. Credit Union officials told authorities that Blandin opened an account with a minimal deposit and then deposited three checks totaling $900, the report said.
The checks were worthless and wrote on the account of a man who is in prison, the report said. Bank officials told authorities that opening an account, cashing worthless checks and disappearing is a common scam, the report said. Man accused of removing monitoring equipment SEBRING - A Sebring man who was required as part of his probation to wear a monitoring device didn't elude law enforcement for long after allegedly removing it, according to a report released Thursday. Mark Anthony Fazzina, 41, 3120 Grouper Drive, Avon Park, was arrested by the Sebring Police Department Nov. 6 and charged with destroying, damaging or altering electronic monitoring equipment, trespass and violation of probation. Fazzina was arrested after Sebring police got information that he was in a vacant apartment, the report said.