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Pasco deputies: Woman forged checks from Marine group

ZEPHYRHILLS — Deputies have arrested one suspect and are looking for another person in connection with forged checks from a local chapter of the Marine Corps League.

Deputies believe the forgery can be traced back to a car burglary on Nov. 10 when the checks, which were in the care of the detachment's treasurer, were stolen out of a car in Zephyrhills, said Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Tobin.

Sometime after the burglary, one of the detachment's checks was cashed for $400 at the First National Bank of Pasco at 4518 Gall Blvd.

On Nov. 13, the report states, Amber Nicole Elder, 22, tried to forge a check for $475 to herself from the account of the Sgt. Maj. Michael Curtin Detachment, Inc. of the Marine Corps League.

According to a sheriff's report, Elder wrote "cleaning service" on the check's memo line and forged the signature of Sgt. Maj. Michael Curtin.

Curtin, a retired Marine, was an officer with the New York Police Department, reports state. He died in the 9/11 attacks, and afterward Detachment 1124 named itself in his honor.

The bank declined the check and deputies launched their investigation.

Elder, of Zephyrhills, was arrested and charged with uttering forged checks, forging bank checks and on violation of probation from earlier charges of possessing cocaine, possessing a controlled substance, fraud and grand theft. She remained in Land O'Lakes jail Friday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Tobin said deputies are still investigating the case and the other suspect's role in the fraud.

Pasco deputies: Woman forged checks from Marine group 12/14/12 [Last modified: Friday, December 14, 2012 8:36pm]
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