MORRILL, Maine — Police said Monday that two women who erroneously received a $2,300 check in the mail couldn’t resist cashing it, with criminal consequences.
When the intended recipient of the University of Maine reimbursement check contacted the school recently to say she’d never received it, college officials told her it already had been cashed, according to Lt. Jason Trundy of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. She contacted police to report the matter, and investigators learned that the person who allegedly had cashed the check on Aug. 30 then deposited it into a bank account.
When police looked at the canceled check, they saw that someone had scratched out the name of the correct recipient and written two women’s names underneath. One of the names was Elizabeth LeSan, 28, of Morrill, according to Trundy. The other was a relative of LeSan’s, who police determined was not involved in the scheme and is not being charged.
Police then learned that the person who gave the forged check to the bank teller was April Pickering, 26, also of Morrill.
Trundy said LeSan and Pickering told investigators they received it in the mail “and couldn’t resist the temptation.” Pickering was charged on Sept. 16 with theft by conspiracy. LeSan was arrested and charged with forgery and theft by unauthorized taking.