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Woman, 18, accused of forging check signatures

An 18-year-old woman is accused of getting about $3,000 from a bank account by forging the signatures of the account's owners, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The victims?

Her parents.

Beth Fisher of 6719 Ridgetop Drive in New Port Richey was charged with forgery and uttering forged instruments.

According to a report by Deputy Robert Mitchell, Fisher took a check from her father's business account June 13, wrote it out for $200 and forged her father's signature on it.

She cashed the check at Barnett Bank, signing her name on the back, the report said.

On July 8, the report said, Fisher wrote three checks, forged her parent's signatures on them and cashed them for a total of $530.

Fisher admitted to the deputy that she wrote out the checks and forged her parents' signatures, the report said.

She said she thought she had taken about $3,000 from her parents over the past year by writing checks and signing her parents' names to them.

Fisher was taken to the county jail in Land O'Lakes where she was held in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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