- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

LAREDO, Texas (AP) - Prosecutors say two women have been accused of cashing about $800,000 in bogus construction company checks at a South Texas bank and keeping the money.

Petra Del Bosque and Anita Arredondo, both of Zapata (zuh-PAH’-tuh), were arrested Thursday on a 10-count indictment alleging bank fraud.

Both women face initial federal court appearances Friday in Laredo.

Del Bosque formerly was employed at Zapata National Bank. Arredondo worked for a Zapata-based construction company as an accounts payable clerk.

Arredondo, over a two-year period, allegedly issued and endorsed more than 300 company checks made payable to contractors for work that was never done.

Del Bosque allegedly led tellers to believe she was cashing the checks on behalf of contractors and would deliver the money.

Information wasn’t immediately available on attorneys for the pair.


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