Louisiana woman arrested for alleged check fraud scheme
SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - A 24-year-old Monroe, Louisiana woman has joined her husband behind bars in Scotts Bluff County, both charged with felony theft by deception in an apparent fraudulent check scheme.
Melanie Brewster is scheduled to appear Friday on a charge of theft by deception of more than $5,000.
According to court documents, Brewster opened a checking account at the Scottsbluff branch of Western Heritage Credit Union Sept. 15, 2016. That same day, she was alleged to have deposited checks and withdrew funds at WHCU branches in Wyoming and Colorado. The arrest affidavit alleges she repeated the process at two different WHCU branches in Colorado on Sept. 19, 2016.
Brewster's husband, Joshua Brewster, 34, is also charged with felony theft by deception more than $5,000. He's accused of opening a WHCU account in Scottsbluff Dec. 9, 2016, then making a series of deposits and withdrawals at Colorado branches that same day and on Dec. 12, 2016.
Court documents say in both cases, the checks deposited were from a closed account belonging to Bee-Line Trucking, LLC of Columbus, Ohio. Investigators say the loss suffered by the Scottsbluff credit union totaled $7,432 in Melanie Brewster's case, and $6,465 in the case of her husband.
Joshua Brewster's case is set for trial during the jury term that begins April 2 in Scotts Bluff County District Court. In addition, court records indicate he's wanted in Fond Du Lac County, Wisconsin, on a charge of fraud against a financial institution exceeding $100 but less than $10,000. Brewster has already agreed to waive extradition in the Wisconsin case.
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