Tampa woman ventures south to cash bogus checks, winds up behind bars
(BTLS Staff) PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – A Tampa woman is in the Charlotte County Jail facing a variety of charges following her arrest Wednesday after she attempted to cash a counterfeit check.
Ashley Yvette Jones, 26, was taken into custody by detectives with the department’s Economic Crimes Unit.
According to a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office report deputies were dispatched to the Florida Community Bank in the 1200 block of Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte after receiving a call from the manager.
The report states Jones was attempting to cash a worthless check for more than $2,500. The manager told investigators the suspect had attempted to cash the same check at their North Port branch a few hours earlier.
When deputies arrived Jones had just walked out of the bank and was heading towards a nearby gas station. The bank’s fraud investigator told deputies a woman matching the suspect’s description had cashed similar bogus checks at locations in Sarasota County.
The checks Jones cashed did not look like actual checks for the business and the owner had not signed them. The suspect, who is no stranger to law enforcement, was charged with uttering a counterfeit check, possession of a counterfeit check and criminal use of personal identification.
She is being held on a total $24,000 bond.
Jones has two prior arrests in Hillsborough County on a variety of charges including battery, petit theft, grand theft and fraud.