A woman who apparently needed the money to support an illegal drug habit was arrested Saturday morning when she tried to cash another fraudulent check at the Bank of America branch on Lakeside Drive. Luzita Stephanie Carambas, 46, faces two counts of presenting a forged instrument and six counts of possession of a forged instrument.
She was taken into custody at the bank Saturday morning when she presented a $1,200 check to a bank teller in an attempt to cash it. Bank officials had recognized her as the woman who had presented a fraudulent check for $250 on Feb. 4 and therefore called police.
At the time of her arrest, police seized six other checks ranging from $200 to $500. All six were written on an account of a woman who is currently residing in a local assisted living facility. The victim told investigators that she does not know Carambas and had not written any checks lately.
For her part, Carambas told police that a male friend of hers gave her the checks to cash.
Once taken into custody, a search of Carambas’ person uncovered a partially burned marijuana joint and a small zip lock bag with methamphetamine residue in her purse. She also had a glass meth pipe hidden in her underwear.
Carambas was booked into the Mohave County Jail in Kingman. In addition to the forged instrument charges, she was also charged with theft, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.