Woman charged with cashing $17,000 in fraudulent checks

A Kenai woman has been charged with writing and cashing fraudulent checks, according to an affidavit filed by the Kenai Police Department on Feb. 14.

Stephanie Davis, 43, had allegedly been writing unauthorized checks to herself for several months while working at the Main Street Hotel in Kenai in 2018. The manager of the establishment made a report of the theft to the Kenai Police Department on Nov. 21, 2018 and gave police 36 photocopied checks as evidence. The checks had all been written out to Davis and totaled $17,010, according to court documents. The manager pointed out to officers that on one of the checks the signature of authorization did not match the signatures found on the other checks. On Nov. 23, 2018, the manager additionally gave police a video recording that reportedly showed Davis stealing a check from the hotel, police reported.

Officers located Davis on Nov. 24, and she allegedly admitted to cashing the unauthorized checks as well as forging the manager’s signature. Davis initially told officers that she used the checks to pay rent, bills, and other household expenses, but eventually added that she purchased a flat screen TV and a futon with the funds, both of which were found in her apartment, according to police.

Davis has been charged with one count of first-degree forgery, a class B felony, and one count of second-degree theft, a class C felony.

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