SAPD: Christina Smelser worked with boyfriend to cash counterfeit checks
Police: Counterfeit checks printed with bank account numbers, fakes names
Police have accused 31-year-old Christina Smelser of being one half of a duo involved in a check counterfeiting ring.
Officers arrested Smelser Wednesday on a charge of fraudulent use of identifying information.
Smelser, along with her boyfriend, is suspected of cashing a number of counterfeit checks, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
The affidavit stated that the checks had been printed up with legitimate bank account numbers but fictitious names on them.
In one case, the phony checks totaled more than $700, the affidavit stated.
Detectives were already investigating one case that happened in June when they received information about a second victim, the affidavit stated.
In the first case, however, police said they were having trouble getting information because the victim was too afraid to cooperate.
The affidavit stated that investigators had already identified Smelser as a suspect when they found out about the second batch of checks.
It stated that they began comparing similarities between the two cases, and that helped them to link her to the second case.
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