A Peekskill, New York woman claiming to be in Louisiana for a sporting event was arrested last week on suspicion of bank fraud for withdrawing money from Chase banks under a fake ID.
The woman was identified as Sharon F. Godwin, 26, of 103 Hemlock Circle, Peekskill, New York in arrest reports filed by West Monroe police on Feb. 17 and Ouachita Parish Sheriff's deputies on Feb. 16.
The amount withdrawn by Godwin was not disclosed, though the Chase Bank on Thomas Road in West Monroe reported Godwin for passing a $4,367.83 check under a fake ID. The check was later determined to be fraudulent, according to a Feb. 17 arrest report. Godwin left that bank and went to other Chase branches where she tried to cash other fraudulent checks, according to the arrest report.
Godwin was later apprehended by sheriff's deputies. Monroe police assisted.
“Sharon (Godwin) stated she received two fake New York licenses in New York from an unknown subject,” stated the arrest report. “Sharon stated she then came to Louisiana for All Stars and would go to Chase banks and withdraw money using the fake licenses. Sharon further stated she would do this due to being addicted to CDS (drugs).”
A bank manager informed authorities that Chase bank branches became aware of the fraud after one of the banks sent out an email warning others about the fraud.