By Rhonda Smyth, CV&T News Editor
Some law enforcement officers say crime increases when the weather changes.
Irvine Division of Police Officer Nick Lodal investigated a complaint about stolen checks being forged on a Broadway grandmother’s account and issued several summonses to the alleged forger.
Samantha G. Allen, of King Cemetery Road is required to appear in Estill District Court on Dec. 10 in front of Judge Ralph McClanahan II to answer charges that she was in possession of forged checks on her grandmother, Rosa Spencer’s bank account.
Allen is charged with 17 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument, second degree, identity theft, theft by unlawful taking and second degree forgery.
The checks she allegedly forged were for varying amounts ranging from $100 to $1,500. Most of the charges are class D felonies as the checks were written for more than $300.
The complaints signed by Lodal do not reveal where or if Allen cashed any of the checks. They state that she possessed and altered the checks and that they were written to Samantha Allen.
The dates on which the checks were allegedly written and the amounts for which Allen allegedly wrote them include April 18-$450, Aril 23-$100, April 25- $365, April 27-$350, April 28- $300, May 1-$400 May 2-$115, May 4-$500, May 5-$450, May 6-$105, May 7-$475, May 8-$500, May 9-$600 and $150, May 10-$100 and $1,500.
All of the checks were not numbered consecutively.
Irvine Chief James Crowe said she wasn’t arrested because Allen’s grandmother was the victim. He also said if there is a preliminary hearing and the judge believes there to be enough evidence against Allen he may order the grand jury to investigate.
Lodal served all the summonses on Allen on June 2.