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Santa Rosa caretaker arrested on suspicion of check forgery

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:15 p.m.

A 43-year-old Santa Rosa caretaker will be charged Friday on suspicion of stealing money from an ill and elderly woman, Sonoma County sheriff's officials said.

Cecilia Garcia, who was working part-time helping an ailing 70-year-old woman in Guerneville who had little money, allegedly forged three checks over a two-week period worth $7,600, Sgt. Mike Raasch said.

Garcia apparently cashed the first forged check March 30 for $2,800 but then came under suspicion when she returned to the check-cashing business twice on April 13 to cash checks for $2,900 and $1,900, Raasch said.

She misspelled the woman's name, he said.

A clerk called the woman, who said she had not authorized those checks, Raasch said.

Garcia did not work through an agency and had been referred by an acquaintance, Raasch said.

Garcia was arrested Wednesday and remained in custody at the Sonoma County Jail on a no-bail immigration hold on suspicion of forgery, burglary and theft from an elder dependant, jail records show.

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