A Porter resident was booked into the Porter County Jail on May 26 on
charges of forgery, defrauding a financial institution, and theft, the
Porter County Sheriff’s Police said.
Regina Ann Westley, 30, of 1361 Lawson Lane, Apt. B, was arrested on those
charges at 4:25 p.m. by the PCSP, police said.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Robert Schrader of
the Portage Police Department, on Jan. 25 Westley opened an account at 1st
Source Bank with a deposit of $5 and was given a debit card. Then, between
Feb. 10 and Feb. 15, Westley deposited three checks into that account,
totaling $2,588.30 and purportedly written on a PNC Bank account for Quality
Care Cleaning, Schrader stated. Those checks—apparently payroll checks—were
subsequently returned with the notation that the Quality Care Cleaning
account could not be located, Schrader stated.
On Feb. 16 1st Source Bank deactivated Westley’s debit card but by that time
she had caused “her account to be overdrawn in the amount of $4,704.99,
including fees,” Schrader stated, while “Westley was still trying to use the
card on Feb. 18.”
Westley also cashed three Quality Care Cleaning checks—totaling $2,165.56—at
a BP gas station in Portage on Feb. 19, 26, and 28, Schrader stated.
Schrader was unable to find a Quality Care Cleaning at the address listed on
the checks and PNC Bank in East Chicago was unable to locate any such
account, Schrader stated.
Westley, for her part, advised Schrader that she received the checks “for
doing cleaning jobs,” that she “did not know that the checks were bad,” and
that “she first knew the checks were bad when BP contacted her.”
Westley also advised Schrader that “she is willing to make restitution to
1st Source and BP.”
Forgery and defrauding a financial institution are Class C felonies
punishable by a term of two to eight years; theft, a Class D felony
punishable by a term of six months to three years.