Las Cruces woman charged with forgery, illegally using debit card
Las Cruces, NM (LCPD) — A woman suspected of trying to cash another person’s check and fraudulently using a credit account has been charged with multiple felonies.
Lisa Ann Jaramillo, 39, who had addresses in Albuquerque and Dona Ana County, is charged with one count of forgery, and five counts of unlawful use of an ATM or debit card. All the charges are fourth-degree felonies.
Detectives learned that on March 19 Jaramillo attempted to cash a $528 check written to her but drawn on the account of a 31-year-old Las Cruces woman. A teller at US Bank, who knew the account-holder and was suspicious of the check, requested that Jaramillo leave the drive-through lane and enter the bank to provide a thumb print on the check.
Jaramillo, instead, drove away leaving behind the fraudulent check and her New Mexico identification card.
Las Cruces Police detectives determined that Jaramillo had somehow got ahold of a blank check and forged the owner’s signature. It was later learned that Jaramillo used the same woman’s personal information to receive a Target REDcard.
Between March 19 and March 21, the Redcard was used five times for purchases totaling $794.72.
Jaramillo was arrested May 4 and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $7,500. Additional charges against Jaramillo are possible.