Raddy Mercedes Rodriguez-Ruiz of Miami, Florida was arrested on April 19 for allegedly cashing counterfeit checks worth an estimated $26,000 in three different banks last month. She faces counterfeiting and grand theft charges. Records show Rodriguez-Ruiz, 52, is being held in lieu of $36,000 bond. News sources did not specify whether she had sought legal representation.
According to the arrest report, Rodriguez-Ruiz purportedly visited four Wells Fargo branches and one Bank of America branch with the intention of committing fraud between March 1 and March 9. She successfully cashed three forged checks at three of the banks, but was turned away from two of them.
The successfully cashed counterfeit checks were falsely issued by a business account owned by Superior Surfaces, a construction company in Pompano Beach. Investigators say Rodriguez-Ruiz has never worked for the construction company. The three checks were for $7,125, $9,680, and $9,180.
The fourth check—which Rodriguez-Ruiz failed to cash—was reportedly issued by Adelphia Automotive Services, a Light House Point car repair a connection to the company.
Rodriguez-Ruiz was reportedly apprehended after she attempted to cash a check at a Bank of America branch in Pompano Beach. The teller noticed that the Adelphia Automotive Services account Rodriguez-Ruiz was attempting to withdraw money from was flagged for fraudulent activity, sources say.
The arrest report states that Rodriguez-Ruiz left the bank quickly when she purportedly realized that Bank of America officials were contacting the Broward Sheriff’s Office. She allegedly left behind her driver’s license and the forged check, which had her thumbprint on it.
Rodriguez-Ruiz was arrested after detectives allegedly confirmed her identity using her forgotten driver’s license and surveillance footage from the bank.