BATH — The Bath Police Department is advising citizens to be on the lookout for bogus New York City court notices being handed out by a woman in Bath.
According to police, the woman, described as a heavyset black female approximately 5’4 with long, straight red hair, has allegedly handed out fraudulent New York City Civil Court notices the past several days to businesses and residents.
The notice states the recipient, listed as John and Jane Doe at their respective residence or place of business, owes $1,500,000 to a landlord listed in the document, filed on behalf of the landlord. It says the recipient must appear at a hearing in Civil Court in Jamaica, Queens.
Police said the landlord is the name of a woman who used to reside in the village.
Police said they have received four cases regarding the notice so far, three from businesses in the Village of Bath and one from a resident outside the village.
The letters appear convincing. However, police said there are a number of giveaways that show they’re fake.
For example, the letter isn’t addressed to a name, only an address. The letter also lacks authentic court seals.
Also, under county, city and state, the letter lists the counties of Queens, Kings, and Steuben, the cities of Corning and Washington D.C., and the state of Michigan.
“If it’s going to be some sort of legal document, it’s going to be the state and county that it’s in,” Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen said. “Not multiple counties and multiple states.”
Mullen said right now, the notices have been limited to the Bath area.
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