Woman charged with cashing dead Fairfielder’s checks
A Stratford woman stole, forged and cashed checks that belonged to a dead Fairfield woman, police said.
Valerie C. Gomez-Delavega, 34, of Woodcrest Avenue in Stratford, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday and charged with six counts of second-degree forgery and one count each of third-degree larceny and criminal impersonation.
The six checks, made out to cash, totaled $4,471 and were cashed between February and March of this year, according to the report. The checks were for the Rutland Estates Association, and the account was in the longtime treasurer’s name, who had died, police said. The theft was reported April 27.
The deceased woman’s brother told police that he had a friend help him clean out his sister’s condo after she had died, and that friend was accompanied by two other women, who he did not know.
An investigation revealed that the woman who cashed the checks presented her identification as Gomez-Delavega. She was picked up by police at the Mohegan Sun casino who were investigating a report of a suspicious person, and later turned over to Fairfield.
According to police, Gomez-Delavega has 12 prior arrests, including one on April 12 in Fairfield.
Bond was set at $1,500 and she is scheduled to appear Aug. 5 at state Superior Court in Bridgeport.