A 25-year-old Raleigh woman was arrested at her home Thursday on charges that she got more than $47,000 in 2013 by counterfeiting checks drawn on bank accounts owned by General Mills and two other food companies in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Cassandra Elizabeth Keturah Fisher was arrested about 9 a.m. at the single-family house at 4556 Birmingham Way, east of off North New Hope Road, on three counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and three counts of uttering a forged instrument.
Police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said detectives had begun working on the case last year after authorities in the Midwest tracked the three checks back to North Carolina.
In July, arrest warrants said, Fisher went to a Wells Fargo bank branch and deposited a check for $11,475.75 made out to her and drawn on an account owned by Bushel Boy Farms in Owatonna, Minn., then took it out in increments over seven days.
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In another warrant, police charged that in August, Fisher went to a Wells Fargo bank branch and deposited a check made out to her and drawn on a General Mills account for $28,755. She withdrew the money over the next five days, the warrants alleged.
The third warrant accused Fisher of giving Wells Fargo a check for $7,393.26 in October that was drawn on a company police said was called Valley Farms and was based in Wisconsin.
The warrants did not disclose how police think Fisher got access to the businesses’ account information.
She was held in lieu of $15,000 bail and scheduled for a Friday court appearance.