Augusto first tried to cash a check from the Country Club of Fairfield in May at Fairfield County Bank that was made out to New England Beverage, police said. Not only was Augusto not the account holder, police said, but he had changed the amount of the check from $278 to $2,763. When the teller refused to cash the check, Augusto grabbed the identification that he had presented and the check, and then left, police said.
During the investigation police learned that several checks had been stolen from the beverage company, and that Augusto was also believed to have cashed a forged check at Citizen's Bank in Orange.
In July, Augusto cashed another stolen check, with the amount changed from $278 to $2,572 at Westport National Bank, police said.
He was charged with two counts of second-degree forgery, and one count each of criminal attempt to commit third-degree larceny and third-degree larceny. Augusto was held on bonds totaling $2,000 and was arraigned Tuesday at court.