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Records: Joliet man cashed checks from elderly victims

Ronnie Knight
Ronnie Knight

A Joliet man has been arrested on charges of using other people’s bank account information to fraudulently obtain cash from two elderly people, according to court records.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. Friday, Ronnie Terrance Knight, 38, of the 1100 block of Parkwood Drive was booked into the Will County jail on two counts of aggravated identity theft.

On November 6, Knight was indicted on charges that alleged he “knowingly used” check numbers belonging to the late Willard E. Magosky and Dara Smith to fraudulently obtain between $300 to $10,000, court records show.

Magosky, a longtime Joliet resident, died on Aug. 30, according to his obituary.

The offenses allegedly occurred on July 9, according to the bill of indictment.

Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said officers went to the 200 block of Hammes Avenue on July 10 after receiving a report of fraud. He said the officers were informed a check was fraudulently cashed for thousands of dollars from an 80-year-old victim.

“During the course of the investigation, officers were able to determine that Knight was the person who cashed the check,” Botzum said.”

Knight and the victim did not know each other, he said.

On Sept. 6, Will County Judge Fred Harvey signed a $75,000 warrant for Knight's arrest.

On Oct. 3, 2001, Knight pleaded guilty to forgery. A criminal complaint filed against Knight said he “knowingly delivered” to the former Kmart store at 2700 Plainfield Road a fraudulent check in the amount of about $107, court records show.

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