Barrington police charge East Providence woman with check kiting

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An East Providence woman is in trouble with the law after she allegedly carried out a check-cashing scam.

On Monday, Jan. 20, Barrington police charged Lashawnda Lavalle Dennis, 41, of East Providence, with check kiting over $1,000. Check kiting is a form of check fraud.

Police said Ms. Dennis deposited a fraudulent check in a Providence branch of Citizens Bank and then illegally withdrew funds from a Citizens in Barrington and another in Seekonk.

A fraud investigator from the bank sent information about the case to the local police department. Detectives from Barrington and East Providence followed up and discovered that Ms. Dennis deposited a check in a Providence bank branch made out for $11,417 from an account that did not have sufficient funds and then allegedly withdrew $9,100 from a Barrington branch and $9,200 from a Seekonk, Mass. branch on the same day.

Bank tellers later identified Ms. Dennis from photo lineups as the woman who reportedly committed the illegal acts.

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