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Woman buys $ 200,000 worth of merchandise in PA stores with bad checks: Federal government



A 35-year-old woman has been charged with federal charges after officials said she used fraudulent checks for more than $ 200,000 in Pennsylvania store purchases.

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Bounced checks from closed accounts funded a Maryland woman’s errands for nearly two years, federal officials said.

Lucy Annette Alexander, of Maryland and Washington, DC, was recently indicted by a federal grand jury with seven counts of “bank fraud for fraudulent use of checks,” according to a press release from the United States district attorney’s office. central Pennsylvania.

Authorities say Alexander, 35, used more than 200 bad checks over $ 200,000 in purchases at at least 20 different stores in Pennsylvania. These stores included Costco, Hobby Lobby, PetSmart, The Home Depot, and Barnes & Noble.

A defense attorney representing Alexander could not be reached for comment by McClatchy News.

Alexander is accused of “issuing fraudulent checks” between August 2019 and June 2021. Officials say the JPMorgan Chase bank accounts linked to these checks had already been closed, so funds were not available to cover his checks. purchases.

Authorities also believe she used seven Chase Bank checks for more than $ 17,000 in purchases at Weis Markets, Giant Food, and Roses Discount Store in Pennsylvania in May 2020. She knew her account had failed. not enough money available at the time of writing these checks, officials say.

If convicted of the charges, Alexander faces up to 30 years in prison followed by supervised release.

Kaitlyn Alanis is a Kansas-based McClatchy National Real-Time Reporter. She is an alumnus of agricultural communications and journalism at Kansas State University.