Bad checks lead to woman's arrest

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2005

For one Anchorage woman, even the bargain prices offered at area garage sales weren't low enough.

Kenai police arrested Mary Beth Renwick, 34, after she allegedly shopped at Kenai and Nikiski garage sales and at a Hope art business using checks from a closed bank account originally owned by another woman.

Police responded to complaints from several people Friday, who said they received bad checks as payment for merchandise at their garage sales.

An investigation revealed a book of Alaska USA checks had been stolen from a Kenai woman, and the checking account was no longer open.

Renwick was interviewed and reportedly admitted to her involvement in writing checks from Hope to Nikiski.

She was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree forgery. Other charges of forgery and third- and fourth-degree theft have been forwarded to the district attorney for review.

Renwick was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

Kenai Police Investigator Kelly George said Wednesday that other individuals and businesses also may have been victimized by the bogus check scheme and those people should call police at 283-7879 if they need assistance or if they have more information regarding the case.

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