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Is That Your Signature?

Chase Manhattan Bank may not have been watching the store. A New York waiter saved and saved and saved. Over $70,000.

Then he went abroad, comfortable that his money was safer than under the mattress.

Then when he went to draw down on his account, it was empty, and it had been emptied while he was overseas over the previous two years.

He asked CMB where the money went, and they told him they cashed his checks. He said, "What checks?" When he checked, he didn't find his signature on the checks. He claims that someone had forged his name on checks and been paid all the money in his account.

Whoops.

The waiter sued. Then CMB got the case dismissed.

Now, a New York state appeals court has reinstated his suit against for cashing forged checks that emptied his account while he was abroad.

We'll find out soon who signed what.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Saturday, August 28, 2004


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