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Man arrested on fraud, theft charges

AVON PARK Counterfeit checks were used in Avon Park to obtain more than $18,000 from a bank account in Sarasota County, an arrest report said. Frederick Nerio, 58, 11004 Marian Lane, Riverview, was arrested Wednesday by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant issued in February 2012 and charged with grand theft, fraud and passing a counterfeit instrument. The investigation began last year after Wells Fargo Bank reported the theft and identified possible suspects, including Nerio, the warrant said. Nerio remained in the Highlands County jail on $60,000 bond, as of press time.