Two Chicago men arrested for bribing Toledo homeless to cash counterfeit checks

25-year-old Cody Johnson (left) and 28-year-old Kelvin Moton (right) are being held in the Wood County Jail for charges including theft and forgery (WNWO).

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WNWO) -- Two men from Chicago have been arrested for targeting homeless people in Toledo, to cash counterfeit checks.

Perrysburg Township Police say 28-year-old Kelvin Moton and 25-year-old Cody Johnson, both from Chicago, are being charged with extortion, theft, forgery and taking the identity of another.

Police say it started with a traffic stop on Highway 20 near Helen Drive in Perrysburg on Tuesday, when the officer noticed narcotics and other criminal activity.

They determined Moton and Johnson had bribed and threatened Joseph King Sr., Gregory Lowman and Marty Allemnious to cash counterfeit checks for them.

"They took the ID's of the individuals from Toledo, made the checks out to them, took them to various stores in our area, and prior to sending them in to cash the checks, had threatened them and family members," said Sgt. Todd Curtis, Perrysburg Township Police Department detective.

Moton and Johnson are being held in the Wood County Jail on $65,000 bond. The three homeless individuals were arrested as well for cashing counterfeit checks.

The incident is still under investigation.

This is a developing story, we will provide updates as they become available.

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