Three arrested in Butte County fraudulent check case

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Three people have been arrested in Butte County following an investigation into a person attempting to cash a fraudulent check at a Chico business.

According to the Butte County Sheriff's Office, on January 15, 2018, at approximately 9:45 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the California Check Cashing Store, located at 1456 Mangrove Avenue in Chico. Deputies responded to the business in the Chico city limits because the person was attempting to cash a fraudulent check from a business that is located outside the Chico city limits.

Llano Seco Rancho, a family farm in Chico, was notified that someone was attempted to cash one of their checks at the check cashing store. The amount of the check was $968.67.

The person attempting to cash the check left prior to the arrival of deputies. Officials believe he panicked when the store manager said he needed to verify the validity of the check. Llano Seco then contacted the Butte County Sheriff's Office because Feather Falls Casino had also contacted them saying multiple checks with their business name were attempted to be cashed over the weekend.

Deputies conducted an investigation, which led them to a home on Magnolia Avenue in Chico. Deputies found Markee Harris, Victoria Johnson, and Jessica Jimenez at the home. Harris was identified as the person who attempted to cash the check and he admitted to attempted to cash the check as well as to cashing a fraudulent check at the Gold Country Casino for over $1,000 a couple days prior.

Johnson admitted to cashing a check a couple days prior at the Wal-Mart in Chico for $1,108. The trio also attempted to cash multiple checks at Feather Falls Casino but was turned down. It is believed that Jimenez printed the checks and conspired with Johnson and Harris to cash the checks for her.

During a consent search of the home, deputies found printing machines, blank checks, and numerous fraudulent check printed with different business names on them. Deputies also found evidence that the suspects were attempting to counterfeit U.S. paper currency.

Jimenez was arrested on four counts of check fraud, conspiracy, grand theft, and identity theft. He bail was set at $105,000.

Harris was arrested for two counts of check fraud, conspiracy, grand theft, identify theft, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. His bail was set at $96,000.

Johnson was arrested for check fraud, conspiracy, grand theft, and identity theft. Her bail was set at $60,000.

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