Florida detectives have claimed that U.S. Treasury checks were stolen from private mailboxes throughout the state. A 27-year-old woman has been placed under arrest in connection with the suspicions. The young woman will now face each of the white collar crime charges against her.
Apparently, the woman is said to have been viewed on surveillance films assisting multiple people who cashed the allegedly stolen checks. Investigators noted that several of the checks were made payable to females, but appear to have been cashed by males. It was also noted that a number of checks, made payable to various persons, were cashed by the same people.
It has been alleged that the woman now facing charges created fraudulent check cashing membership applications for those who cashed the checks. Authorities claim that the woman admitted that she was paid to take part in the fraud scheme. However, she reportedly refused to identify anyone else who was involved.
A $97,000 bond has been set while the woman is held in a county jail. Some of the pending charges include scheming to defraud more than $50,000, aggravated white collar crime and several counts of criminal use of personal identification. Authorities have appealed to the public by offering a potential cash award to help identify those who allegedly cashed the checks. In Florida and other states, it is typically prudent for someone facing similar charges to request a consultation with an experienced criminal lawyer in order to seek legal counsel and obtain professional assistance in preparation of an impending trial.
Source: dailyridge.com, “Winter Haven Woman Arrested for Organized Check Cashing Fraud”, Oct. 29, 2015