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Thu March 1, 2012
Six Charged In Las Cruces Phony Check Operation
Las Cruces Police have charged four women and two men for their involvement in creating and cashing counterfeit checks that appeared to be from several local businesses.
Aubrey Faith Savage, 32, Glenda Marie Young, 47, Theresa R. Yanez, 38, John Anthony Brinsfield, 37, and 25-year-olds Barbara J. Kyle and Matthew Enriquez have all been arrested in the past several weeks.
All six have been charged with forgery; Savage faces nine counts of forgery, Yanez faces two counts while Young, Brinsfield, Kyle and Enriquez all face one count each. All six are charged with one count each of conspiracy.
Las Cruces Police detectives learned that the group used commercial software and blank check paper purchased from an office supply store to create the phony checks. The checks were designed and created to appear as though they were from local businesses or social service agencies.
The group then conspired to cash the checks with the intent of using the funds to purchase methamphetamine or other illegal drugs.
Investigators believe the group conspired to cash several checks worth more than $3,000 between Dec. 1, 2011 and Jan. 31, 2012.