Scheme to cash stolen checks leads to one arrest, police say

A police investigation that began in September when the owner of a business reported that checks had been stolen from his business resulted in the arrest of one person Wednesday afternoon.

Alexis Henderson, 30, reportedly admitted she was part of a “scheme” to alter the stolen checks and cash them, Detective Jerry Lambert reported in a probable cause affidavit presented in court Thursday.

Lambert also reported that more arrests are expected as a result of the investigation.

The investigation began Sept. 18 when the owner of Ladies 1st Fashions reported that checks had been stolen from his business and some of those checks had been cashed at a store at 13th Avenue and Hazel Street.

Lambert also reported that the owner of Ladies 1st Fashions believed that one or more of his employees was involved in the theft.

The probable cause affidavit reported that the store was contacted and reported that he had lost $2,300 as a result of the forged checks and provided police with a video tape showing Henderson cashing one of the checks that were reportedly stolen.

Lambert reported that when Henderson was arrested, she said “three or four others” were also involved in the scheme. She said she had cashed one check and attempted to cash others.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $2,500 bond for Henderson after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with fraud, forgery and theft of property.

Henderson said she would hire her own attorney and was told to come back to court Nov. 16.