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Woman Caught in Alleged Bad Check Scheme, Others Sought

Alexis Slaten, of Oakland, was arrested by Scotts Valley police Wednesday while allegedly trying to use a counterfeit check at a Safeway store, a lieutenant told Patch.

This story was edited at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 10, 2013 to include more details.

An Oakland woman was behind bars Thursday following her arrest in connection with a counterfeit check ring that reportedly has operated at area Safeway stores.

Alexis Slaten, 34, was taken into custody about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday while trying to pay for groceries and gift cards with a fraudulent check at the Scotts Valley Safeway, 253 Mt. Hermon Rd., according to SVPD Lt. John Wilson.

Her bail was set at $50,000, Wilson told Patch.

Two other suspects, Lawence Stone, 33 and Retascha Harrison, 28 were still at large Thursday, identified through surveillance footage, Wilson told Patch.

The suspects were involved in the manufacture of bad checks and using them for purchases at Safeway stores in the area, Wilson said.

The clerk at Safeway on Hermon had information about the bogus checks on a computer and alerted police, the lieutenant told Patch.

According to Wilson, "both Slaten and Harrison passed fictitious checks at the Scotts Valley Safeway and are connected with possibly passing them at other Safeways in different cities.

"They purchased gift cards and groceries," Wilson told Patch.

The purchased amounts were always about $100, the lieutenant said.

Harrison did manage to get away with her purchases Wednesday, police said.

"Stone was seen associated with the two females," Wilson said.

"It is unclear from the report as to how long this type of bad check scam was being run by these people, but apparently Safeway corporate security is aware of it," Wilson told Patch.

Diane Bianconi McNiel January 11, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Another great job by our own Scotts Valley Police Department - Thank you for keeping us safe

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