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Forged checks in Decatur woman's bra linked to $8,000 fraud scheme, police say

Forged checks in Decatur woman's bra linked to $8,000 fraud scheme, police say

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DECATUR — Police say a Decatur woman was caught with forged checks stuffed inside her bra that are linked to a fraud scheme that has already drained more than $8,000 from customer accounts.

Sworn affidavits from Decatur Police said the 23-year-old woman was arrested Thursday evening when her vehicle was pulled over by members of the department’s Community Action Team in the 800 block of South Jasper Street. Both she and her vehicle were searched after a police dog alerted to the smell of narcotics and, while no drugs were listed as being found, the two forged checks made payable for $1,250 each were discovered in her bra.

Writing in the affidavit, Officer Ryan Wicks said the woman claimed the checks had been left behind days earlier by a friend and she hid them because she thought it was illegal to be in possession of someone else’s checks. But Wicks said her story didn’t add up because both checks were dated the day of the traffic stop.

“Photos of the checks were reviewed by Regions Bank Corporate Security who confirmed the checks are counterfeit,” added Wicks. “And similar checks have already resulted in a loss of $8,253 to the account holders.”

The woman was booked on a preliminary charge of forgery; she’s free on a personal recognizance bond and the affidavit said she is due to be arraigned Aug. 30 on the felony charge.


Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid

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