FRANKLIN, NJ – On January 4, 2016, Franklin Police took a report of fraudulent activity taking place in the Borough.
The complainant, Lakeland Bank – Franklin Branch, alleged that a resident had been conducting fraudulent activity, specifically by taking personal checks from closed accounts, depositing them, and then withdrawing the currency before the checks cleared; before the bank was able to determine the fraud source, the accounts were closed.
Lakeland Bank reported that the suspect had attempted to withdraw over $4,500 between 12/23/2015 and 1/4/2016, from accounts he knew were closed.
Mr. Dressner is alleged to have taken blank checks, from closed accounts, and from various local financial institutions, and made them payable to cash or himself. He is then alleged to have deposited them electronically and in person at the Lakeland Bank in Franklin. Mr. Dressner then reportedly attempted to withdraw the non-existent currency from the account before the Lakeland Bank was able to determine that the accounts where the funds were supposed to be withdrawn from did not exist.
On January 18, 2016 Detectives made contact with, Phillip B. Dressner, 47, of Franklin Borough. Mr. Dressner was arrested and charged with over 11 counts of bad checks and theft by deception. After being charged, Mr. Dressner was issued criminal complaint summons and released pending an appearance in Sussex County Superior Court.
The complaints that were filed are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The charges may be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.