Woman accused of depositing stolen checks
A business owner who was twice previously convicted on fraud charges is accused of depositing stolen checks into her bank account and using stolen credit card numbers to ring up fraudulent transactions, authorities said. Jaqueeba Elaine Johnson, 31, of 1849 Belleair Road, was arrested Thursday on two counts of fraudulent use of personal identification and one count of scheme to defraud.
Johnson, who owns Thick and Thin Fashions at 1494 S Belcher Road, deposited stolen checks into her accounts at Regions Bank and withdrew more than $1,900, according to Clearwater police. Detectives investigating the case learned that Johnson had deposited more than $15,000 in stolen checks. Meanwhile, several people reported fraudulent charges at Johnson's business on their credit card accounts. Police said Johnson was running the stolen credit card numbers through her business account, racking up nearly $5,000 worth of fraudulent transactions.
The thefts happened during September and October, police said. Detectives are still investigating other reported incidents, police said.
On Friday afternoon, Johnson was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Johnson, who also goes by the name Jaqueeba Marshall, was sentenced to two years and two months in prison in 2002 on convictions of credit card fraud, grand theft and trafficking in stolen property, according to Pinellas Court records. In 2005, she received a five-year prison sentence for convictions on similar charges. She was released from prison in April 2009.
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