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Police: Woman used stolen identities to cash forged checks

ST. PETERSBURG — Over a period of two months, Jacqueline Currell used other people's identities at least three times to try to cash forged checks at St. Petersburg banks, according to police.

The scheme ended Monday when Currell, 29, tried to cash checks written to two different people in the drive through lane at Regions Bank at 3399 66th St. N, according to arrest reports. When a bank teller asked what she was doing, Currell sped off in her Jeep Grand Cherokee before leading St. Petersburg police on a chase.

The pursuit ended at the intersection of Central Avenue and 66th Street, where the Jeep ran a red light and crashed into another car, police said. Currell tried to flee on foot, police said, but was arrested a short time later.

Officers later found that Currell had used forged checks on two separate occasions in April and May to withdraw more than $2,000 from accounts at Wells Fargo and Regions Bank, police said. On Monday, she showed a stolen debit card and driver's license to bank tellers while trying to cash a check for $1,800.

After her arrest, police found a glass crack pipe inside her purse, authorities said.

Currell was booked in the Pinellas County Jail on numerous charges, including identity theft, uttering a forged instrument, grand theft, leaving the scene of an accident with injury and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was held on $25,400 bail.

Police: Woman used stolen identities to cash forged checks 06/19/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 11:13pm]
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