More arrests in check fraud

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

Taken into custody were Shania Rose Kapayou, 21, and Daniel Dion Scates, 27.

In her initial appearance earlier this week in Marshall County District Court, Kapayou answered to charges of third-degree theft; ongoing criminal conduct-criminal network, a Class B felony; and forgery, a Class D felony. Her preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m., March 2. Bond is $25,000 cash or surety.

Scates also made his initial appearance and faces charges of ongoing criminal conduct, a Class B felony; forgery, a Class D felony; and third-degree theft. According to MPD and district court records, Scates presented a fake payroll check earlier this month to a local retailer and received $651.88. Court records also state Scates was seen on security video. His preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. March 2. Bond $25,000 cash or surety. Scates was appointed a public defender by the court.

“We believe it is part of a scheme where an individual creates fake checks, gets others to cash them, then keeps most of the money,” said Batterson, adding more arrests are expected.

Kapayou and Scates join Rochelle Marie Hernandez, 35, and Brynn Michelle Price, 32, who were arrested and charged earlier this week.