Woman allegedly uses hot check for hot pizza

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldAugust 17, 2013 

A 40-year-old woman is accused of using a former roommate's checks on a closed account for pizza delivery to a Kennewick home.

Mynan Michelle Williams allegedly tried to assure a Pizza Hut employee that her check was good when initially told she needed another method of payment because of previous problems with that address.

The employee -- who both took the phone order and delivered it -- suspected something was wrong when a young girl overheard their conversation at the front door and said she didn't realize that was Williams' name, court documents said.

That's because Williams said out loud the name of the woman listed on the Gesa Credit Union check and insisted it was her, documents said.

Williams has pleaded innocent to one count of forgery. Her trial is set Oct. 28.

According to court documents, an employee of the West Deschutes Avenue store took the call on Oct. 25 for a delivery to West Albany Court. The customer said she wanted to pay with a check and, when advised there was an issue with that apartment, told the employee she didn't live there, documents said.

After delivering the pizza and hearing the odd comment by the young girl, the employee returned to the store and immediately called Gesa to see if the check was legitimate.

That same day, Kennewick police Detective Isaac Merkl was contacted by a Gesa fraud investigator about the issued check. The investigator later told Merkl that two more checks came in on the same account, both written to Pizza Hut, court documents said.

The account had been closed Sept. 21.

Merkl then talked to a resident of the Albany Court apartment, who reported knowing Williams was in possession of another person's checks but believed she had them with permission, documents said. The resident also reportedly said that Williams, who has a Pasco address, had pizza delivered to that Kennewick apartment on multiple occasions and had paid with checks.

Williams, when interviewed by Merkl, claimed she had her former roommate's permission to write the checks, but also admitted that she knew the account was closed, court documents said.

The owner of the checks told police that when she previously lived with Williams, she allowed her roommate to hold her checks during that time. However, she said she didn't give Williams permission to use them, documents said.

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