MERRILLVILLE | A 19-year-old Gary woman is accused of attempting to cash a fraudulent check at a Tech Federal Credit Union branch in Merrillville.
Kimberly L. Winfield was charged with forgery and fraud on a financial institution, both of which are felonies.
On Feb. 11, Tech Federal's Merrillville branch was notified a fraudulent check was cashed at the credit union's Gary branch.
The check for $943.56 was made on a Lear Operations Corp. business account, police said.
Later that day at the Merrillville branch, Winfield presented a check for $846.56, which also was made on a Lear Operations business account, police said.
Tech Federal contacted Lear Operations, which indicated Winfield has never been employed by the company, police said. Officers were notified of the situation, and Winfield was later taken into custody.
A Lear Operations Corp. employee told police the check Winfield presented at the Merrillville branch was fraudulent.