Woman charged with cashing counterfeit checks at Pasco store

A Pasco woman has pleaded innocent to allegations she profited from a counterfeit check cashing ring.

Cassandra May Carter, 26, is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with two counts of forgery.

Carter was charged with the felonies in October, but an arrest warrant was issued after she missed a court date.

She now has a Nov. 4 trial date.

Carter went into Fiesta Foods on Sept. 8, 2014, and cashed two separate checks from a beauty product company, according to court documents. One check was for $928 and the other for $913.

Police were called to the 115 S. 10th Ave. store two days later after loss prevention discovered the checks were returned by the bank because they had been altered, documents said.

The store clerk who cashed the checks had collected the customer’s fingerprints, identification and photos, all of which reportedly matched Carter.

When interviewed by police, Carter allegedly admitted making the checks from images she found on the Internet and using check paper she took from an accomplice.

People involved in the counterfeit ring reportedly got to split half of the money with unidentified accomplices.

Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531;; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer