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Former Sea Tow owner arrested for forging checks to steal from local Money Trees
Port Orchard Police arrested 31-year-old Israel Adoram, the former owner of the Port Orchard Sea Tow franchise, for using checks from his old, closed business account to draw money out of Kitsap County Money Trees.
Adoram bought the Sea Tow at 405 Bay Street from Keith R. Brewer in 2008.
Shortly thereafter, the business “just vanished,” and its license expired in 2010.
After the business closed, Adoram cashed about 16 more checks from his Sea Tow account at Kitsap Money Trees, and they were returned marked “account closed.”
“(Adoram) went to just about every Money Tree in Kitsap County,” and got “a little over $13,000,” said E.J. Martin, a detective with the Port Orchard Police.
Before the check-cashing scheme, Adoram “was kind of a valued customer, or a regular customer, anyway” at Money Tree, according to Martin.
Martin said that he’s seen quite a few similar cases through the years, and Adoram’s $13,000 total falls slightly above average.
“I’ve seen some up in the $80,000 to $90,000 range, and others down in the $100 range,” said Martin.