More arrests in check fraud

TIMES-REPUBLICAN

Marshalltown police have arrested two more suspects — bringing the total to six in connection with a check fraud scheme according to Capt. Brian Batterson of the MPD.

Taken into custody recently were Trisha Kathleen Mundt, 29, and Traviss Alexander Snelling, 24, both of Marshalltown. Mundt was arrested on charges of third-degree theft; ongoing criminal conduct-criminal network, a Class B felony; and forgery, a Class D felony. She allegedly cashed a fraudulent payroll check at a local retailer and received money in return, according to online police and court documents. Her preliminary hearing is 1 p.m. March 5 in Marshall County District Court. She will be represented by a public defender.

Snelling was arrested on several warrants, and faces charges of forgery, a Class D felony; and possession schedule II controlled substance first offense; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He allegedly cashed two of eight fraudulent checks at a local retailer and received money in return, according to online court and police records. His preliminary is 1 p.m. March 5 in district court. He will be represented by a public defender.

Batterson previously told the Times-Republican the check cashing was part of a scheme where an individual creates fraudulent checks and gets others to cash them, then keeps most of the money. “The case remains under investigation and more arrests are expected.” he said.

Mundt and Snelling join Rochelle Marie Hernandez, 35, Shania Rose Kapayou, 21, Brynn Michelle Price, 32, and Daniel Dion Scates, 27, all of Marshalltown. The four were arrested earlier this month.