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Police: Woman attempts to cash forged check for $2,200

NASHUA — A Greenville woman was arrested on Monday for forgery and drug possession, after trying to cash a check with a forged signature at a bank in Nashua.

Shannon Fontaine, 28, of Greenville was arrested on Monday after fleeing the scene of a Nashua bank, where it was discovered she was trying to cash a personal check for $2,200 after forging the account holder’s signature, according to a press release issued by the Nashua Police Department on Monday.

Fontaine was allegedly attempting to cash the check at Citizen’s Bank on Main Street in Nashua, when the teller noted the signature on the check did not match the signature on file, police said.

Lt. Mike Moushegian of the Nashua Criminal Investigation Division said in an interview Wednesday that Fontaine presented the check and her identification to the teller. The teller informed Fontaine she was going to verify the check with the account holder. The account holder informed the bank that Fontaine had not been issued a check. When the teller returned to the window, Fontaine had left the counterfeit check and her identification, and had fled the building, Moushegian said.

Fontaine fled the area on foot and was tracked down by police, who found her about half an hour later walking on the road by King Street, where she was arrested, which is about half a mile from the bank.

Fontaine knew the account holder, according to the press release, although Moushegian declined to comment further on how the two were connected. “It wasn’t a stranger crime,” said Moushegian. “She knew the victim and the victim knew her.”

At the time of her arrest, Fontaine was allegedly found to be in possession of a controlled prescription drug, Trazadone Hydrochloride, which she did not have a prescription for. The amount was consistent with personal use, and she was charged with possession of a prescription drug, which is a Class A misdemeanor.

Forgery is a Class B felony charge, which can result in up to seven years in prison, according to police.

Fontaine was released on $2,500 personal recognizance bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned in the 9th Circuit District Court in Nashua on April 17.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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