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10-19-2005, 10:18 PM
...I'm a little confused here:confused:

My son works at this bank, but not at the time this occured...
How would you turn a $579.00 Treasury check into $56,381.32???
What about all the IRS paperwork???

Local News $56,381.32 Treasury check allegedly altered

By Regina Smith News Reporter

A Texas woman is facing felony charges after she allegedly passed a document at a Poteau bank from the US Treasury that authorities claim had been altered.

LeFlore County Special Judge Jeff Mixon issued a warrant for the arrest of Sandra J. Angel, 50, of San Antonio, Texas this week. Angel has been charged in LeFlore County District Court with one felony count of uttering a forged instrument.

The check was deposited in an account at Community State Bank on Nov. 1 2004 in the amount of $56,381.32. Poteau Police Detective Steve Tiffee stated that the Treasury Department later notified the bank that the check had been altered.

The check cashed in Poteau was made out to Angel with an address in Axle, Texas.

Tiffee said he was able to learn through a Secret Service Agent from Tulsa that the check number on the check showed that it had actually been issued to a California woman on Sept. 15, 2004 in the amount of $579.

According to the affidavit in the case, the day after the check was deposited all but approximately $1,300 was withdrawn from the account.

Tiffee said he spoke with a bank employee who stated that Angel had entered the bank and showed her identification before withdrawing the money.

“[She] wanted to make a cash withdrawal of $45,000 as well as a $10,000 cashiers check made payable to her mother,” Tiffee said.

The bank teller spoke to Angel at length, reportedly to try and change her mind about withdrawing that much in cash. She told the detective that Angel said she was going overseas and didn’t want to have problems negotiating the check.

After completing all the necessary paper work Angel was given the cashiers check and the $45,000 in cash before leaving the bank.

Tiffee said that on Nov. 4 Angel’s mother, who lives in Poteau, deposited the cashiers check into her personal account. He said he went to the home of Angel’s mother and the woman allegedly first denied ever having seen the cashiers check. However, after a copy of the check was obtained, Tiffee said the woman admitted that her signature was on the back. He said he asked her to have Angel call him if she should hear from her.

He said the woman contacted him the following day.

Tiffe said Angel told him the incident was blown out of proportion. He said according to her she was the victim.

The affidavit states that Angel had posted her vehicle on the Internet to sell it. She then allegedly told authorities that she was contacted by a man from the Netherlands who wanted her to go into business with him buying and selling cars in the states. Tiffee said she told the man that she wasn’t interested.

Tiffee said the man still offered to purchase the car.

“[He] said he would buy her car and give her a years salary in advance. Angel said that she gave him her checking account number at the Community State Bank for purpose of deposit of the money for the car,” Tiffee said in the affidavit.

According to the detective Angel said the man agreed to give her $10,000 for her trouble.

Angel said that when she returned to the states from London she was picked up by her son and daughter at the airport in Tulsa and they brought her to Poteau.

The woman went to the bank and found that the money had been deposited in her account at which point she made the withdrawal.

She then stated she met the interested buyer of the vehicle, in Dallas at a convenience store and gave him the rest of the money.

“Angel said when she arrived she saw a black male in the parking lot and approached him and said [his name] and he said yes and she handed him the $45,000 and no other words were spoke,” the affidavit states.

Angel denied having any knowledge that the check had been altered.

If convicted the crime is punishable by imprisonment for up to seven years.

10-19-2005, 10:32 PM
Incredible that someone would try it and incredible that they think they would get away with it.

10-19-2005, 10:35 PM
You're right on both counts. It's amazing actually.