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Man believed to have forged check, fled

Law enforcement authorities in Fairfax County, Virginia, are seeking a man who they believe has left the country before they were able to file criminal charges relating to an allegedly forged check. The man, an administrator at a law firm in Vienna, Virginia, is alleged to have forged a check for $250,000 and then cashed it at a casino.

According to a search warrant on file in Fairfax County Circuit Court, the 36-year-old man deposited two checks worth about $130,000 at a Vienna bank. The checks were from the account of a company the man reportedly leads, but the account had less than $100 in it the day the check was written. The following day, the man went to the same bank branch, but this time, he took out $8,000 and purchased a cashier's check for $250, the warrant states.

Officials believe he altered that check so that the amount would read $250,000. That's the check he allegedly used for gambling, according to the warrant. He turned in his chips for more than that amount.

By the time his scheme unraveled, police believe the man, his wife and their son had left the United States for an undisclosed destination. The passports they presented at the airport had false identities and different birth dates, according to the search warrant.

The man is believed to be of Iranian descent and to have come to the United States as a teenager. An attorney at the law firm where he worked said he had been there about a year and assisted with cases concerning immigration issues. He was described as a hardworking employee, and a co-worker said he was shocked by the allegations.

After searching his home, police left with two computers, guns and a filing cabinet filled with items of interest.

If the man is interested in clearing his name, he will need to return to the United States to fight the allegations.

Source: The Washington Post, "Police: Vienna man cashed forged check for $250K at casino," Justin Jouvenal, March 15, 2012

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