FAIRFIELD, Conn. - A Bridgeport woman was arrested Thursday evening while trying to cash a forged $4,000 check at the Stop & Shop on Villa Avenue in Fairfield, police said.
Officers were called to the store at 4:30 p.m. Thursday by a People's United Bank manager who reported that a woman was attempting to cash a check they believed to be fake, police said.
The manager told officers that the check was made out to the suspect, 24-year-old Leighann Fogarty of Bridgeport, police said. But a People's branch in Bridgeport had contacted them, saying they had refused to cash a check for the same amount to Fogarty earlier that day, police said.
Fogarty told officers that she had received the check from a man after they had been in an accident early Thursday, police said. She said he had given her the check because he didn't want to involve the police, police said. When asked, she was unable to give a name or description of the man, police said.
The bank told officers they had contacted the account holder, who said only two people had access to the checks, police said. After checking with the other person, officers determined that neither of them had made the check out to Fogarty, police said.
The account holder said he wanted to press charges, police said, and officers later took Fogarty into custody.
Police charged Fogarty with criminal attempt at third-degree larceny and first-degree forgery. She posted $5,000 bond and was released with a court date of July 10.