Pair accused of cashing forged money orders, checks

Posted: Wednesday, March 29, 2000

OURAY, Colo. (AP) -- Two Alaska residents have been arrested in Colorado on charges of cashing thousands of dollars worth of forged money orders and checks.

Justin Whitcomb, 28, was arrested March 17 on forgery and theft charges. His estranged wife, 25-year-old Tina Whitcomb, was arrested on a theft charge the next day. The two are suspected in similar scams in Alaska and Arizona.

Justin Whitcomb is accused of using a computer to forge about $40,000 worth of bank money orders, postal money orders and payroll checks and cashing a number of them.

Police said they recovered about $9,000 in cash, including $7,000 found in Tina Whitcomb's storage unit. Police said they also recovered about $15,000 in uncashed forged money orders and about $5,000 in merchandise.

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