FORT MYERS, Fla. - A check you wrote years ago could be a thief's tool to rip you off. A Fort Myers woman is in jail after Lee County Sheriff's Deputies say she stole old checks and rewrote them.
Diane Taylor's home has been vacant for months. The windows are boarded and the grass is overgrown. There is even a code violation notice, though she has bigger problems. She was arrested Thursday for stealing and manipulating checks written to a dry cleaner.
"A bad person, just that vibe that I had about her," said Amanda Ortiz, who lives next door with her neighbor.
Ortiz says there was always traffic at the house, until recently when the electricity was shut off.
"A lot of people, cars in and out, people in and out," said Ortiz.
A fraud investigator with Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union told Sheriff's Deputies Taylor deposited a check written to One Price Dry Cleaners through the ATM, and then immediately took out the same amount of cash. Detectives say Taylor told them she found the checks in her drawer at home. Though, the business owner says she never worked for him.
Taylor is also accused of manipulating checks. For instance, the Sheriff's Office says she took a check written to a dry cleaner for $21.12 and then changed it to $721.12.
Some of the checks date back to 2001 and it is unclear how she got her hands on them.