App Revealed Suspect Location At Time Of Deposit, Phone Used.
Check Fraud Is Often Ignored. Not In Boca Raton.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — More than a year’s worth of detective work and the Chase mobile app helped Boca Raton Police nab a woman who allegedly forged a check.
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Arys Martinez of Boca Raton was arrested on February 14th and charged with “larceny — grand theft,” and “pass forged or altered bank bill note, check or draft.” She posted $2,000 bond and was released on February 15th.
The police report, reviewed by BocaNewsNow.com and posted — with redactions — below, reveals how Boca Raton police aggressively pursued the facts of the case over a year. A man claimed Martinez, his now ex-girlfriend, took a business check from his drawer, wrote herself a $1,000 check, then used the Chase Mobile app to deposit it into her acccount.
The alleged theft occurred in October of 2019.
Over the year that followed — sometimes with months-long gaps — Boca Raton police investigated the alleged crime. While trying to get a straight story from Martinez, investigators obtained information from Chase that allegedly connected the deposit to Martinez’s iPhone. The GPS tracking data provided by the Chase app verified her location at the time of the deposit.
While she claimed she was somewhere else, and that someone else must have deposited the funds in an effort to frame her, the Chase Mobile app placed Martinez in Boca Raton at the time of the transaction. The Chase Mobile app data also told police specifically what phone was used. The phone’s identification number, according to the police report, was identical to the iPhone owned by Martinez.
Wrote investigator Stephanie Casas in the arrest report: “IP Log information associated with Martinez’s account was provided by Chase subsequent to a subpoena. The information received from the IP Log suggests that the device used to mobile deposit (the check) in the amount of $1000 belongs to Arys Martinez refuting Martinez’s previous statements that the check was not deposited using her device. The device ID associated with Martinez’s account did not change for the month of October and was the same and only device ID, ending in xxx, used for the 15 logins to Martinez’s mobile account which also used the same user ID to deposit (the check).”
A court date is pending.
Read the highly detailed arrest report, below. If you are reading in a news app, click here to access the report.
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