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19-year-old accused of using grandmother's account to cash checks

Criminal charges can not only lead to serious penalties such as jail and fines; families can also suffer. If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, then you need to be aware of every available option for resolving the matter in the best way possible. No matter how complicated your situation may be, prosecutors are likely to seek the harshest possible penalties, but a criminal defense attorney can take the big picture into consideration with a view toward protecting you from negative consequences.

A young woman in Gainseville will need a strong criminal defense after being accused of trying to cash fraudulent checks. The situation is particularly sensitive because police claim the 19-year-old used her grandmother's bank account.

According to police, the young woman used her 74-year-old grandmother's account to cash a check for nearly $2,000. Police say that on the following day the young woman returned with her grandmother to deposit two starter checks issued from a different bank. The granddaughter is accused of trying to use her grandmother's identification before getting the grandmother to deposit the checks.

The grandmother reportedly has memory problems and couldn't clearly remember going to the bank.

An arrest report states that the granddaughter told police that she tried to deposit another check but was unable to withdraw the money because the bank placed a 24-hour hold on the deposit.

The young woman is now facing charges of fraud, grand theft and exploitation of an elderly person. 

The stakes are high in such cases, but there may be legal options for achieving a favorable outcome. After all, police and prosecutors are not always right, and evidence in every criminal case should be closely scrutinized for possible flaws.

Source: The Gainesville Sun, "Teen used grandmother to help cash counterfeit checks, deputies say," Monivette Cordeiro, May 28, 2014

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