Woman pays for bingo night with bad check, arrested for forgery
KINGMAN – Mohave County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Gina Clarissa Trujillo, 48 of Kingman, for seven counts of forgery, three counts of criminal impersonation, three counts of identity theft, two counts of fraudulent schemes, one count of theft, all felonies, three counts of misdemeanor issuing bad checks, and an active arrest warrant.
Monday deputies responded to a business in the 2900 block of John L. Avenue in reference to a fraudulent incident. The reporting party advised he was going through the checks the business received and observed a check with his daughter’s name on it.
His daughter advised she didn’t write a check to the business. The reporting party was also contact by the bank and advised two other checks had bounced.
The reporting party advised he spoke to the employee who runs the weekly bingo game and remembered who gave the checks, but didn’t know a last name or contact information for the subject.
Deputies received copies of the checks and observed they all appeared to be from the same account and in almost sequential order. Deputies also observed there was personal information on all three checks, but none of them matched.
Friday deputies were called by the reporting party, who advised the subject who issued the check was currently at the business. Deputies made contact with the subject, who was identified as Trujillo.
A records check revealed an active arrest warrant and Trujillo was taken into custody. Trujillo admitted to deputies to issuing a bad check for that day’s bingo game.
Gina Clarissa Trujillo was arrested and booked into Mohave County Adult Detention Facility without incident. Deputies later discovered that Trujillo was responsible for another fraud that occurred on February 6.
The victim in this case advised deputies that Trujillo had given her a check for over $3,000 and asked her to deposit the check, since Trujillo didn’t have a bank account.
The victim deposited the check, withdrew money from her account and gave it to Trujillo. The victim was later contacted by the bank and advised her account was over drafted, and the check she deposited was not a real check.
This investigation is ongoing.
Information provided by Mohave County Sheriff’s Office