CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 26-year-old housekeeper yesterday for allegedly cashing checks stolen from a customer, worth more than $7,500.
Julia Baker faces charges of grand theft and 24 counts of uttering forged checks.
The investigation stems back to November 6, when the victim noticed several checks against his Wells Fargo Bank account that he had not written. The checks were all negotiated at Englewood Bank, and made out to the same person.
The victim told deputies he was out of town over the summer and used Baker as a housekeeper during that time.
Deputies met with management at Englewood Bank and with the person who the checks were made out to. That individual said he was a friend of Baker's mother and agreed to cash checks for her daughter, since she allegedly did not have a bank account of her own. He said he had no knowledge that the checks were stolen and forged.
Deputies then met with Baker and obtained a sworn taped statement. At the conclusion of the investigation, deputies found probable cause the arrest Baker for the crime.