BLANCHESTER —A Warren County woman was charged with passing bad checks at a local convenience store.
Late Tuesday afternoon police were called to Tom’s Express Mart at 7529 Fairground Road regarding two people attempting to cash a forged check, according to Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.
BPD Sgt. Gary Mowen arrived and spoke with the store employees, as well as Kirstin Hayes and a male companion.
“Hayes and her companion had arrived at the store with several other individuals in a car, which fled before police arrived,” said Reinbolt. “Sgt. Mowen learned that Hayes was attempting to cash a check which she stated was mailed to her as a birthday gift from a relative in Tennessee. The check was written on an account at the Cheviot Savings Bank on an account that does not exist.
“It was determined that Hayes’ companion was not involved in attempting to cash the check,” Reinbolt added.
He said Hayes, 22, of Pleasant Plain, was arrested and charged with passing bad checks. She will answer the misdemeanor charge in the Clinton County Municipal Court.
She has a lengthy criminal record which includes drug and theft offenses, Reinbolt added.
“We have seen numerous incidents within the past 60 days in which fraudulent checks are being presented to local businesses to be cashed,” Reinbolt said. “We have made arrests in each of those cases, but we encourage local merchants to be cautious and diligent when cashing checks for people they do not know.
“We are aware that some businesses are paid to cash checks such as these, but the small profit they receive is negated when a check for hundreds of dollars is cashed that turns out to be fraudulent. Even when an arrest is made, it is highly unlikely the person arrested will ever make full restitution to the business owner.”