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Sunnyside police make arrest in fraud case

Prosser woman charged in alleged scheme

— A Prosser woman is accused of participating in a check-cashing scheme.

Fidelina Sanchez-Acevedo, 29, is charged with three counts of unlawful issuance of checks, probable cause documents state.

She was arrested Tuesday after police were called to Banner Bank in Sunnyside, records show. Sanchez-Acevedo was attempting to acquire a debit card.

Bank officials told police they were investigating her as part of a fraud ring in a previous case that cost the bank about $5,000, records show.

After she was detained, she allegedly told police she cashed several fraudulent checks at U.S. Bank for her ex-boyfriend, Jesus Mendoza, Jr., records show.

Further investigation found Sanchez-Acevedo had written three checks from a different bank to Anna Meraz of Sunnyside, records show.

The checks totalled $2,680, however, Sanchez-Acevedo had only opened the account with $55 last month, records show. Bank officials said the account was depleted the same day it was opened.

In a related arrest, Grandview police charged Meraz, 21, with two counts of forgery, records show.

Meraz is accused of bank forgeries in Grandview and Yakima, records show.

Police arrested her after she and an accomplice, Monica Mendoza, attempted to deposit one of Sanchez-Acevedo’s check in the amount of $925 at U.S. Bank in Grandview, records show.

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.

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