SANTA MONICA POLICE have released this surveillance image of one of the counterfeiting suspects, described as an African-American woman, 25-30 years old, with a medium to muscular build, long dark hair with blond highlights and dark eyes.

Santa Monica police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman wanted in connection with the counterfeiting of several checks.
Since September, Santa Monica Police Department detectives have been investigating four separate cases where one of two suspects, using a ruse, allegedly contacted individuals as they left the Bank of America at 1301 Fourth St., and convinced them to deposit a counterfeit check into their own account, Sgt. Richard Lewis said.
In each case, the individual withdrew cash equal to the check amount and gave it to the suspects, who in turn gave the bank customer a small sum of money for helping, Lewis said.
But the customers learned within a day or two that the check they deposited was fraudulent and they have lost the money given to the suspects, Lewis said. In each case, the average loss for the victim is $4,000 to $5,000.
An image of one of the female suspects was captured on surveillance video inside the bank and police are hoping the public can assist in identifying her. The suspect is described as an African-American woman, 25-30 years old, with a medium to muscular build, long dark hair with blond highlights, dark eyes and a tattoo of a “cherry or heart” on her right shoulder, police said.
The second suspect is described only as an African-American woman.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Det. Robert D’Andrea at (310) 458-2201 ext. 6679, Sgt. Henry Ramirez at (310) 458-8453 or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.

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