Deputies: Pasco woman forged grandfather's check, then hitched ride to bank in ice cream truck

HOLIDAY — A 22-year-old woman is accused of stealing a check from her 78-year-old grandfather, then conning a friend who drives an ice cream truck to cash the check for her.

Christie Rae Ogden, of 1238 Flotilla Drive in Holiday, was charged Tuesday with uttering a forged instrument. She was already in jail on charges of habitually driving with a suspended or revoked license, possession of controlled substances and violating her probation.

Ogden stole the check from her grandfather on Nov. 5 and wrote it out for $350, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Then she told a 26-year-old ice cream truck driver that she would give him $20 if he took her to the bank and cashed the check, the report said.

The bank teller pretended to cash it but instead called authorities, as there had been problems with Ogden stealing her grandfather's checks in the past, the report said.

A deputy found the ice cream truck in Holiday Lakes Estates and performed a traffic stop so he could interview the driver, who explained how he took Ogden to the bank.

Ogden (pictured, right) remained at the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday in lieu of $8,763 bail.

Deputies: Pasco woman forged grandfather's check, then hitched ride to bank in ice cream truck 12/16/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 2:11pm]

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