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CIRCULAR NO. 164

FEDERAL RESERVE BANK
OF N E W YORK
M a y 9, 1919.
STOLEN GOVERNMENT CHECKS
T o THE B A N K S AND T R U S T C O M P A N I E S IN THE SECOND F E D E R A L R E S E R V E D I S T R I C T :

As Government warrants and checks drawn on the Treasurer of the United States are
received by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York subject to final payment by the Treasurer of
the United States, the Government having for m a n y years exercised the right of returning at
any time such warrants and checks which for a n y cause have not been considered good, we beg
herewith to transmit immediately to the banks and trust companies in this district the following
letter, copy of which has been received today from P. J. Ahem, Operative in Temporary Charge,
U. S. Secret Service, New York District.
New York, Room 746, Custom House.

M a y 9, 1919.
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D I R E C T O R OF THE C L E A R I N G H O U S E ,
NEW

YORK CITY, N.

Y.

SIR:

I beg to submit to you the following numbers of Government checks which
were stolen from the office of Major James E. Young, Q. M. C , Governor's Island,
New York, N . Y., during December, 1918, some of which have been raised and
passed in this city and in Philadelphia. T h e y are being presented by an officer, or
by a man wearing the uniform of an a r m y officer, who states t h a t he wishes to make
up a payroll and asks t h a t the proceeds of the check be given him in certain bills,
t h a t is so m a n y hundreds, so m a n y fifties, and so on. This man presented one of
these raised checks a t the Liberty National Bank on Saturday, April 26th, 1919,
which was refused, and another a t the Garfield National Bank, on Saturday, M a y
3rd, which was cashed, the latter check being raised from $290.47 to $8290.47,
using a Todd protectograph in raising the a m o u n t of the check. T h e description
of the man, as given to this office, is, a r m y officer, about 35 years old, 6 ft. tall,
slight build, good looking, sharp features, very small light moustache, and light
brown or auburn hair, and wears the marks showing the rank of lieutenant; of
course this cannot be authentically s t a t e d :

65269
50316
50053
56890
64838
56862
56894

56927
50036
56902
56889
56892
50047

56893
56926
50049
50050
56904
65286

53562
50045
56899
65199
48582
52248

50039
56891
56928
56900
56896
50048

56895
50038
56930
56903
56898
50111

T h e Symbol N o . of all t h e above mentioned checks is 20258.
Please notify all banks to be on the lookout for a man of this description, or
anyone else, who m a y present a raised check signed b y Major James E . Young,
Q. M . C , Governor's Island, on which a protectograph is used. T h e protectograph
was not used on the original checks.
Your immediate attention to this m a t t e r will be greatly appreciated.
Respectfully,
P. J. A H E R N ,

Operative in Temporary

Charge.

If a n y of the above numbered checks should be presented, the U. S. Secret Service requests
t h a t t h e p a r t y presenting same be held for whatever action t h e Secret Service deems proper to
t a k e in t h e premises.



L. H. HENDRICKS,

Cashier


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