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Cherokee woman charged with depositing bad checks, then withdrawing cash


September 29, 2019

A woman from Cherokee is accused of depositing three bogus checks totaling $16,500 in an Alva bank and then withdrawing the same amount in cash.

Susan Marie Kreiman, 53, of Cherokee, is facing three charges of felony value – false pretenses, bogus check or con game in Woods County. Each of these crimes is punishable by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for a term not to exceed five years or in the county jail for a term not to exceed one year, or by a fine not to exceed $5,000, or by both such imprisonment and fine.

According to court records, on Sept. 19 Woods County Undersheriff Keith Dale told District Attorney’s Investigator Steve Tanio he had received information regarding fraudulent banking activity being conducted by Susan Kreiman at Community Bank in Alva. Dale said he had contacted Cherokee Chief of Police Ryan McNeil who confirmed that Kreiman was a resident of Cherokee in Alfalfa County.

Tanio spoke with Jay Randels, president at Community Bank, who said Kreiman had deposited three JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. checks in the name of Susan Kreiman, 523 S. Fulton Ave., Cherokee, OK 73728 in the total amount of $16,500 on Aug. 9 with Community Bank.

Randals told Tanio on Aug. 10, Kreiman drove through the drive through teller system at the bank on three individual occasions and withdrew from her account money in the amounts of $5600, $5700 and $5200 for a total of $16,500.

Randals said on Aug. 15 he was notified that the JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. checks totaling $16,500 were fraudulent checks. He telephoned Kreiman and told her the checks were fraudulent. He told her she needed to return the money taken immediately. He said Kreiman responded, “I’ll see what I can do.” However, Kreiman did not return any of the money nor had any further communications with Randels or Community Bank of Alva.

Tanio also talked with two tellers who identified Kreiman as the person depositing the checks and withdrawing the cash. One said she also assisted Kreiman that same week when she was attempting to use a Bank Chase Visa Card in her name to make a $1,000 cash withdrawal, which was repeatedly declined.

Later on Sept. 19 Tanio along with Cherokee police officers and Alfalfa County sheriff’s officers executed a search warrant at the residence of Kreiman in Cherokee. Numerous items were seized including numerous blank checks similar to the JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. checks used by Kreiman at Community Bank of Alva. In addition numerous credit cards with other individual’s names on the cards were located and seized from the residence.

Tanio and Alfalfa County Sheriff Rick Wallace conducted a post-Miranda, videotaped interview of Kreiman. According to the affidavit in the case, Kreiman admitted to the fraudulent check scheme with Community Bank of Alva. She admitted to writing the checks, depositing them and withdrawing $16,500 from her account, knowing this was fraudulent. She stated some of the money was used to pay outstanding bills.

Kreiman’s bond has been set at $7,500, and her next court date is November 12 in Woods County.


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