Women Forged Check For Shopping Spree?
December 14, 2011 by staff
Women Forged Check For Shopping Spree?, It was a dream vacation for a teacher and a paralegal: A private jet ride to New York, fancy hotel rooms on Times Square and a shopping spree at Tiffany’s.
Too bad prosecutors say the roommates financed their fall fling with a forged check for $285,000.
Alexa Johzen Polar, 34, and Robin Antonella Pabello, 33, pleaded not guilty Monday to two felony counts of forgery and two grand theft-related felonies, said Farrah Emami, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.
Both remained jailed Tuesday after bail was set at $285,000 each.
“They have to prove that the (bail) money is from a legal and legitimate source” instead of from the allegedly stolen funds, Emami said.
If convicted, each woman could face a maximum sentence of six years and four months in prison.
Lawyer Anthony Falangetti, whose firm represents both women, said he had not seen any evidence in the case.
Prosecutors contend that sometime between September and November, the Garden Grove women stole a check made out to the Newport Beach law firm where Polar worked as a paralegal.
They chemically washed out the original payee’s name and the amount of $19,500 on the check, changed it to $285,000 and made it payable to Pabello, a second-grade teacher at St. Irenaeus Parish School, authorities contend.
Then they went to an automatic teller machine at the school credit union in Cypress and deposited it in a joint account, according to prosecutors.
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