Three Arrested For Check Cashing Scheme

Lincoln City police officers arrested (from left) Devin Cole Edwards, Amanda Kathryn Ross and Danelle Sueann Klein on July 18 at Chinook Winds Casino Resort. The three face forgery and ID theft charges related to fraudulent check cashing. (Photos: Lincoln County Jail)

By Larry Coonrod

Lincoln City police arrested three people in connection with a forged check cashing operation at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in July. According to court documents, the Lincoln City Police Department began an investigation into a rash of forged checks totaling more than $15,000 on July 13.

All three suspects were arrested on July 18 after being detained by casino security personnel. Arrested were:

Danelle Sueann Klein, 33, of Salem, Oregon

Devin Cole Edwards, 31, of Tigard, Oregon

Amanda Kathryn Roth, 37

Roth told the arresting officer that she had received the checks from a man in Salem who took her picture and used it to make an Oregon Interim ID card matching the name on the check. Roth admitted to having previously cashed two fraudulent checks at the casino, one for $812.32 and the other for $913.11.  Police found several more documents in Roth’s purse including a Social Security card not belonging to her, four Oregon ID cards and personal checks belonging to other people. Roth allegedly admitted to trying to cash one of the checks at Fred Meyer, but was denied. Roth was booked on theft, possession of methamphetamine, multiple counts of forgery, possession of a forged instrument and identity theft.

Klein told police essentially the same story as Roth. According to a probable cause affidavit, she confirmed buying the check from a man at a truck stop in Brooks, Oregon who also provided her with a matching ID card. Four additional checks were found in her purse, although she did not have IDs to match the names on the accounts. Klein told police she received those checks at the same time as the one she was caught trying to cash.

She was charged with first and second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and identity theft. According to court records, Edwards cashed two fraudulent checks, one for $10,239.19 and the other for $1,102.11 starting sometime around July 13. When he was detained by casino security personnel on July 18 he gave a Lincoln City police officer a phony name and birth date.

The officer found an Oregon ID card in Edwards’ car with his picture on it using a name different than the one he initially gave. According to the officer’s written statement, Edwards denied the card was his even though it had his picture. Two additional Oregon ID cards were found in Edwards’ vehicle. Edwards was charged with six counts of first degree forgery, and two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Contact Larry Coonrod at: editor@lincolncountydispatch.com