WICHITA COUNTY, TX (TNN) - A Burkburnett couple has been arrested and charged with Forgery after it was discovered checks they cashed were forged, according to law enforcement officials.
It is alleged, on January 15, officials with Auto Cash called the Wichita Falls Police Department to report that Brandi Wiest, 34, cashed several fraudulent checks at the location.
Brandi cashed a check on January 14, for $184.86, and then came back the following day and cashed another for $550, according to court documents.
Store officials said Brandi came back into the store within minutes of cashing the second check to try and cash a third worth $1,300. Employees became suspicious and contacted the issuing bank and learned the check was counterfeit using a non-valid account number.
The checks were made using the business name of a local property management company. Brandi left the scene before officers could get there but she left her driver’s license and the third forged check behind.
Brandi was recorded on the business' surveillance system. Then, on January 22, the Burkburnett Police Department was contacted by employees at United Supermarkets about a forgery incident.
According to employees, the day before a man and woman came into the store and the man cashed a fake check from a business out of Wichita Falls. The fake check was made out to Robert Wiest, 27.
Surveillance footage showed both Brandi and Robert Wiest standing at the counter attempting to cash the fake check, according to detectives. A store manager approached the counter and authorized the transaction for $435.28.
Warrants were issued for both of their arrests on Thursday, January 24. Robert was booked into the Wichita County Jail on Tuesday, January 22, and remains there on a $25,500 combined bond. Brandi was booked into the Wichita Co. Jail on Friday, January 25, and bonded out the following day.