Monroe PD arrest pair on forgery charges
MONROE — Two people have been charged in connection with an alleged counterfeiting operation, police said.
Orlando Dominguez, 41, of Bridgeport, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree forgery, conspiracy to commit second-degree forgery, first-degree forgery and third-degree telephone fraud.
Krista Karch, 48, of Essex, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree forgery, conspiracy to commit second-degree forgery, third-degree telephone fraud and fourth-degree money laundering.
Monroe Police Lt. Stephen Corrone said the pair were arrested for “their involvement in a conspiracy intended to defraud the State of Connecticut by falsely completing and causing to be made instruments and public records.”
Corrone said the arrests stem from a complaint Monroe police received on Feb. 26 about the sale of a motor vehicle with a fraudulent title.
Monroe detectives, with assistance from the Bridgeport Police Department, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Motor Vehicle Commercial Vehicle Safety Division, developed several suspects, Corrone said.
During the execution of multiple search warrants, evidence was seized, Corrone said, that pointed to a larger, well-organized counterfeiting organization.
“The investigation found that Dominguez produced counterfeit Connecticut and New York car titles, auto insurance cards, U.S Currency, emissions paperwork and boating certificates,” Corrone said.
Corrone said investigators also learned that Karch is authorized by the state DEEP to provide boating licensing classes. Corrone said Karch was allegedly not providing the classes.
Instead, she was working with Dominguez, who allegedly arranged for forged boating certificates to be sold to individuals without the need of the required eight-hour class, Corrone said.
“This conspiracy was carried out via cellphone and utilizing the banking system,” Corrone said.
Dominguez and Karch were each released on $2,500 bond and are both due in Bridgeport Superior Court on Sept. 23.