- Associated Press - Thursday, May 29, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Gainesville teenager used her 74-year-old grandmother who suffers from memory loss to cash counterfeit checks.

Alachua County Sheriff’s officials say 19-year-old Jennifer Sparacino took her grandmother to a Gainesville Bank of America twice in early May to cash three checks totaling more than $5,400.

Deputies say bank managers told them Sparacino tried earlier to deposit the fraudulent checks using her grandmother’s identification. When she wasn’t allowed to make the deposit, she left and returned with her grandmother.

The Gainesville Sun (https://bit.ly/1oN3P7m ) reports the grandmother told deputies she doesn’t recall going to the bank.

Bank managers told investigators Sparacino’s account was closed in March for an allegation of fraud involving $4,518.



Sparacino is jailed on charges of grand theft, fraud and exploitation of an elderly person.

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Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, https://www.gainesvillesun.com

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