IOWA CITY, Iowa — Two suspects charged with trying to cash fake checks in Iowa City both claimed someone recruited them to cash the fake checks.
Iowa City Police arrested 18 year-old Dayanara Rudd, a transient, at the Money Station on S. Gilbert Street on Thursday. A police complaint says Rudd tried to cash a fake check from Walgreens that was similar to a bad check cashed Wednesday, about which Hills Bank and Trust had alerted police.
Rudd told officers that a woman recruited her in Cedar Rapids to cash fake checks. Rudd said a woman in a gray van with Illinois plates would give her the checks to cash and then take a portion of the money. Rudd said she has been homeless for three months and it sounded like a good way to make money. Rudd said she did not have a way to get in contact with the woman.
The same day, Iowa City Police arrested 21 year-old Anthony Patterson on theft and forgery charges. Police say he tried to cash fake payroll checks at the Waterfront Hy-Vee, which contacted police.
A police complaint says Patterson told police someone gave him the fake checks to cash in exchange for letting Patterson keep $200 of the cash.
Police have not said if they believe the two cases are connected.