A Valparaiso man was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail after he allegedly cashed an area man’s check fraudulently in May.
According to an affidavit filed by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office, an officer spoke with the Kosciusko County man who said he received a winning cashier’s check from Publishers Clearing House in the amount of $1,600,000. The man told police he was told to send $11,000 to Publishers Clearing House to cover the legal cost of his winnings and then he would receive the money.
The man told police he wrote a check to pay to the order of Robert Irwin, 77, Valparaiso, and sent it to Irwin’s address. The man explained the check was later cashed at Horizon Bank and he never received any money.
Police later spoke with Irwin, who said he did receive the check from the man and cashed it, later sending the cash, by UPS, to two different locations. Irwin said for one year, he has been involved in cashing similar checks and sending some of the money to places in the United States or out of the country. Irwin told police sometimes the checks are for more than $11,000 and sometimes less.
He also told police he has had several bank accounts over the past year with other banks and they have all closed his account because of the activity he was  using them for. Irwin said he is currently banking at Horizon Bank.
He refused to tell police the names of the people or places he had supposedly sent the money to.
Irwin was arrested and booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on charges of corrupt business influence and theft and held on a $5,000 bond.