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DECATUR — Police report that a Decatur woman is in jail after leaving a trail of bad checks that cheated a credit union and a department store out of a total of more than $8,000.

The 49-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday afternoon and booked on 14 preliminary charges of deceptive practices; preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

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A sworn affidavit said the woman took the Decatur Earthmover Credit Union for more than $5,300 by depositing forged checks and then pulling out large amounts in each case. The affidavit said she struck first on May 8 when she opened an account and returned May 13 to deposit a forged check made out for $2,950; she left $1,060 in her account and took the remaining $1,890 in cash.

Three other women came into the credit union between May 21 and May 24  to open accounts and later the same days the three accomplices cashed two checks for $800, another for two for $700 and a fifth for $500.

Detective Brad Hall with Decatur Police said all the checks were made out by the 49-year-old woman who told the other women to go to the credit union and open accounts so they could cash the checks.

“(The three accomplices) all advised that they agreed to cash these checks and split the money with (the woman),” Hall said in the affidavit. “All subjects advised (the woman) was with them as they cashed the checks.”

The same woman faces nine deceptive practice preliminary charges filed by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office for checks she wrote to buy merchandise at the Von Maur store in Forsyth’s Hickory Point Mall. A sworn affidavit from the sheriff’s office said she wrote bad checks between April 27 and May 6 to purchase items valued at more than $2,700.

Macon County Jail records showed the woman remained in custody Thursday night in lieu of posting bond set at $10,000; prosecutors had asked for $25,000. 


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

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