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Phony payroll: details surface in Fry Foods paycheck fraud case, police investigation

Image shows a check that was issued to Douglas Wold, now evidence in a fraud case. Court records say nearly $62,000 in fraudulent checks were issued from May through Aug. 19, including some employees "who had never existed," according to an affidavit.

ONTARIO–With a box of payroll checks totaling $23,065 in his Ford Expedition, Doug Wold was headed back to Fry Foods in Ontario about midday on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Wold, human resources manager for Fry Foods, had just picked up the checks from an Ontario accounting firm when he was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy, according to an affidavit supporting a search warrant.

 “Douglas chose not to talk to me at that time,” the deputy reported, according to the affidavit.

Wold was arrested and subsequently indicted on 19 counts of aggravated . . .