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News - January 22, 2014

Woman using fake license gets $8,300 check from teller

A woman carrying a fake Florida driver's license walked into the Chase bank in Ladera on Dec. 30 and convinced a teller to give her a cashier's check for $8,300 drawn from the account of a woman living in New York, according to a report from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.

According to the report, the suspect presented to the teller a false Florida driver's license and identified herself as the New York resident, but said that she could not remember her account number. The license did not include a photo, deputies said.

The teller looked up the account number for her, withdrew the $8,300, made out the check and handed it to the woman with no further inquiries into her identity, the report says.

The manager of the Ladera branch declined to comment except to say that Chase officials were working on the case with sheriff's investigators.

The bank reimbursed the New York resident for the full amount of the check, the report says.

The New York resident apparently lived in Florida in 2004, and claims that the suspect used her Florida identity information to reproduce a driver's license, the report says.

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