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Sunnyside woman charged in forgery

Losses estimated at $4,000 in alleged scheme

— A Sunnyside woman is accused of forging checks in Sunnyside, Grandview and Yakima.

Anna Yasmin Meraz, 21, faces two charges of forgery, probable cause documents state.

Grandview police are pursuing charges for the alleged bank forgeries in Grandview and Yakima, records show. The Sunnyside Police Department will pursue the forgery in its town.

Meraz appeared in Yakima County Superior Court on Monday, records show. She will be arraigned Oct. 24.

Police arrested her Thursday afternoon after she and an accomplice, Monica Mendoza, attempted to deposit a check in the amount of $925 at U.S. Bank in Grandview, records show.

Of that amount, they tried to put $200 into an account Meraz opened the day before at U.S. Bank in Yakima; the rest she wanted in cash.

Bank manager Marina Ledesma told police Meraz had been cashing bad checks over a period of a couple weeks, resulting in $4,000 in losses, records show.

Meraz later admitted to police she opened the account in Yakima the day before at the request of Jesus Aguilar Jr., from whom she was getting the checks, records show.

She said she participated in the alleged fraud scheme “... to get her and Monica’s share of money,” records show.

Meraz admitted to cashing checks three or four times at Banner Bank in Sunnyside and at U.S. Bank branches in Grandview and in Yakima, records show.

“I reviewed several checks signed by Fidelina Sanchez and found her signature varies each time and is sometimes with the last name Acevedo, others without,” the Grandview police officer said of detecting the forgeries.

Meraz did not know Sanchez and could not explain why she was cashing checks written to her by Sanchez, records show.

Mendoza claimed Aguilar signed Sanchez’s name and filled out the checks, records show.

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