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Hearing set for Chesterton woman charged with forging neighbor's checks

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A status hearing has been set in the case of a Chesterton woman accused of stealing a neighbor’s checks and cashing them in her name.

Tiffany M. Cairo, 40, with a listed address of 1101 W. Porter Ave., has been charged with one count of forgery, a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years; and one count of theft, a Class D felony punishable by a term of six months to three years.

A status hearing is scheduled for Jan. 13.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by the Chesterton Police Department, in July 2012 a resident reported that “numerous” checks had been stolen from his checkbook and six of them cashed, in the amounts of $200, $400, $550, $600, $600, and $800, for a total of $3,150.

All checks had been made payable to Cairo, who the victim advised police had “been inside his apartment on several occasions,” including “in the area where he keeps his checkbook.”

When interviewed, Cairo admitted taking “five of the six checks without (the victim’s) permission” and “filling them out herself,” then cashing the checks and using the money “because she wasn’t making enough money to cover her bills while working at a local fast-food restaurant,” police said.



Posted 11/12/2013