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Clark County

October 1, 2013

Women arrested for having fraudulent checks

Two arrests made at JCPenney store

CLARKSVILLE — Two Louisville women were arrested Monday afternoon after employees of JCPenney in Clarksville contacted police about attempts to use fraudulent checks.

Payne Terran, 36, and Chemesha Stephenson, 32, were each preliminarily charged with theft and forgery-related felonies.

After a Clarksville police officer responded to JCPenney, its loss prevention officials reported Terran and Stephenson had tried to pay for merchandise with fraudulent checks.

The officer then waited outside the store for the women, and when they left the store, the officer told them they had been identified as suspects in a crime. Each of the women denied the claim.

In the loss prevention office, the officer asked the woman for their identification. Stephenson provided her Kentucky driver’s license and Terran said she did not have a license with her.

The officer asked Terran for an identification card that he could see hidden in her waistband.

“[Terran] then produced an ID, which she immediately pulled off her picture that was taped to the front of the ID,” the officer reported.

She tore the photograph from the identification card and disposed of it before the officer took it from her, according to the police report.

The officer found the identification to have half the photograph and glue residue where the photograph had been.

The identification card belonged to a woman other than Payne, police reported..

“ ... at this point, Payne threw a clutch handbag onto the counter and stated, ‘Well you can have that, too,’” according to the police report.

In the handbag, the officer reported finding five stolen checks that were made out to various locations and with the forged signature of the woman who was the proper holder of the account and the victim’s checkbook.

Each woman was preliminarily charged with class C felony forgery; theft and possession of stolen property, both class D felonies; and false reporting, a class B misdemeanor.

 

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