Woman buys $200k worth of goods in PA stores with bad checks: feds

A 35-year-old woman was charged with federal charges after officials said she used fraudulent checks for more than $200,000 worth of purchases from stores in Pennsylvania.

ssharpe@newsobserver.com

Bad checks from closed accounts financed a Maryland woman’s shopping trips for nearly two years, federal officials say.

Lucy Annette Alexander, of Maryland and Washington, DC, was recently indicted by a federal grand jury on seven counts of “bank fraud for fraudulently using checks,” according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Officials say Alexander, 35, is more than 200 . has used Bad checks over $200,000 in purchases from at least 20 different stores in Pennsylvania. Those stores included Costco, Hobby Lobby, PetSmart, The Home Depot, and Barnes & Noble.

A defense attorney representing Alexander could not be reached for comment by McClatchy News.

Alexander is charged with “passing through fraudulent checks” between August 2019 and June 2021. Officials say JPMorgan Chase’s bank accounts linked to those checks had already been closed, so there was no money available to cover her purchases.

Authorities also believe she used seven Chase Bank checks in May 2020 for purchases over $17,000 at Weis Markets, Giant Food and Roses Discount Store locations in Pennsylvania. controls, officials say.

If convicted of the charges, Alexander faces up to 30 years in prison, followed by supervised release.

Kaitlyn Alanis is a McClatchy National Real-Time Reporter from Kansas. She is an agricultural communications and journalism alumna from Kansas State University.

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