Teller charged with fraud
A Summit County woman is being charged with three felonies after allegedly cashing two fraudulent checks and taking $37,000 while working as a bank teller at Key Bank in Park City last year.
According to Summit County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Bates, Lucinda Anderson Lafay, 56, from Francis, was working as a teller at Key Bank when two different fraudulent checks were cashed six months apart. The Summit County’s Attorney Office is charging Lafay with two counts of theft, communication fraud and forgery.
"The two fraudulent checks were cashed in November of 2009 and June 2010 but it took a while for the investigation to happen and this case to end up with us," Bates said. "It went from Park City to the state to the U.S. Attorney’s office and then onto our desk."
Bates said they have video surveillance of Lafay when the checks were cashed.
"Both checks were cashed on her shift and when they were accepted the teller logs shows that cash was received by someone but on the video log no one is at the window when it happened," Bates said. "When the second one was cashed, a man is standing at the window but never hands Ms. Lafay a check and she never hands him money."
Bates added that investigators spoke with the man in the video and he said that Ms. Lafay told him her computer was not working and she couldn’t help him so he left.
"The two checks were forged copies of real checks from Summit Sotheby’s and Summit Peak Realty," Bates said. "They appear to be reprocessed with just a few changes and the companies noticed that their checks had been cashed twice."
Lafay is being charged with two counts of theft, a second-degree felony, communication fraud for falsely entering a currency transaction and forgery, a third-degree felony. Her preliminary hearing is June 2 in Summit County’s Third District Court. Bates said that if Lafay receives the full sentence possible, she could be in jail for up to 30 years.
Becca Gerber, a first-term member of the Park City Council who is seen as bringing a younger person’s perspective to the Marsac Building, will seek reelection this year.