A lot of people are strapped for cash in these trying times, and it’s a very horrible situation! We all know what it’s like to be down on our luck, but most of us usually just cut expenses or put off paying a few bills. Maybe you start walking to work or stop eating out so much. What you don’t do is open bank accounts under false names and forge checks and forms of identification. While it might help you out of a tight spot, it will also most likely land you in jail.
Just ask 36-year-old Karina Karla Martinez, of Rexburg. Rexburg police arrested Martinez on Wednesday on a charge of forgery, with other charges pending. This isn’t just a one-time forged check deal, however, Martinez kind of has a history. Police said her forgery dates back to 2007, when she opened several bank accounts under false names and began passing around fraudulent checks from those accounts around the area. In 2011, she passed 15 fraudulent checks—that police are aware of.
In addition to the checks police found fake out-of-state IDs as well as “questionable” social security cards. She doesn’t mess around.
Martinez wasn’t caught in some cool Catch Me If You Can style, with a hard-nosed detective following her bad checks across the country in a grand and exciting adventure. No, she was caught by Kent Chalmers, a resource officer for Madison Junior High School. Yawn. Chalmers was dealing with a fraudulent check the school received for a student and was able to identify Martinez and make the arrest. While the forgery case is astoundingly unexciting, it’s remarkable that Martinez was bold enough to forge not one, not several, but a lot of checks and IDs, then pass them off at businesses and a school. It’s even more remarkable that she got away with this for five years before police caught her. Say what you will about her moral decisions, but WOW she must be good at forgery.