A Chicago woman was arrested by on Friday, Aug. 3, after trying to cash a fake check for almost $1,000 at the branch on LaGrange Road, according to police reports. It was the third time that day the woman tried to pass off a fraudulent check as the real thing at an area bank.
Andrea V. Hill, 24, of the 5900 block of South Racine Avenue in Chicago, was initially charged with Class 3 felony forgery and booked in to the Will County Jail, where she was released on $500 bond, according to records. The felony charge was then changed to writing a bad check for more than $150, a Class A misdemeanor, according to records. Hill's next court date is Aug. 13.
Old Second Bank officials in Frankfort contacted police the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 3, to report Hill attempting to cash a fraudulent check from for $995.50, said Deputy Chief Kevin Keegan. The Frankfort branch had been alerted by officials from the that Hill had tried to do the same thing at that branch earlier in the day, Keegan said. According to reports, the bank teller at that branch spotted Hill attempting to cash what appeared to be a fraudulent check for about $900. The teller then contacted police, but Hill left before they arrived, the report stated.
That morning, Hill had successfully cashed a fake check dated Aug. 1 at Old Second's Joliet branch, Keegan said, adding the police report did not indicate the amount of that check.
After the bank confirmed with Hilton Garden Inn that the checks were phony, an officer spoke with Hill, who said she would be paid $50 to $60 for cashing the checks, Keegan said. Investigators, however, were unable to verify this, he added.
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