Man arrested after trying to cash bogus check

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Guam – A man may have allegedly gotten away with cashing a bogus check once, but a second attempt to swindle hundreds from a local grocery store has landed him in jail.

Andrew Richard Mendiola Cruz allegedly attempted to cash a counterfeit check because an unidentified man promised him $100.00.

According to court documents the check was made out to Cruz for $954.00 and he had attempted to cash the check at Pay-less in the Micronesia Mall.

But an observant Pay-less Supermarket employee noticed something was wrong with the appearance of the check. Witnesses told police that the check had obvious discrepancies as it was not printed on normal check paper and the watermark appeared to have been previously wet.

The check was confiscated by police and Cruz questioned regarding the scam. He allegedly told authorities that he was to be paid $100.00 to cash the check and admitted to have carried out a similar scheme previously.

CRUZ was charged with one count of attempted theft.

He was booked and confined

SOURCEJolene Toves
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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.