December 22, 2014

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Man arrested on second attempt to cash bogus $4 million check

ELYRIA — Who wants to be a millionaire?

Videc

Police said it was Frank Videc on Tuesday.

Videc’s second attempt to cash a $4 million check at the Lorain National Bank at 124 Middle Ave. led to him being booked at the Lorain County Jail, according to Elyria police Lt. Michael Dussel.

Not surprisingly, the first attempt about 2:30 p.m. raised the eyebrows of tellers, whom Dussel said alerted police.

Dussel said police discovered Videc was wanted on an attempted grand theft warrant out of Cuyahoga County and asked bank officials to call them back if Videc, who had left, returned.

He did, and so did police.

Videc, 35, of Cleveland, was arrested without incident about 2:45 p.m., according to police.

Videc was being held without bond Tuesday night at the jail.

Dussel, an officer since 1986, said the circumstances that have led to people’s arrests during his career have blurred over time, but this is the first time he could recall someone trying to cash a bogus $4 million check.

“It’s a pretty big number,” he said.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.