Morrill women charged in theft of $2,300 tuition check
Morrill — Police say two Morrill women who received a $2,300 check in the mail went out and cashed it, but they incurred theft charges because the check was intended for one of their neighbors.
April Rickering, 26, of Morrill, was summoned for theft by conspiracy and her alleged accomplice, 28-year-old Elizabeth Lesan, was summoned for forgery and theft by unauthorized taking.
The women incurred the charges after one of their neighbors reported the check never arrived to their address, but had since been cashed. According to records at the sheriff's office, the theft occurred Aug. 30.
Lt. Jason Trundy with the Waldo County Sheriff's Office said police received the initial complaint from a woman who stated she had been expecting her tuition check from the University of Maine system and that she contacted the college after the check didn't show up in the mail.
Trundy said the complainant contacted the college, and officials with the school told her the check had been cashed. She then went to a local bank and obtained a copy of the check, which showed her name had been scratched out and the check re-written to two individuals whose names she recognized as her neighbors. Through a bank surveillance tape, police confirmed their identities as Rickering and Lesan, Trundy said.
When an officer interviewed Rickering and Lesan, they admitted to receiving the check in the mail by mistake, but instead of delivering it to the proper recipient they chose to cash the chek instead.
"The temptation to cash it was just too great," said Trundy.
Rickering is scheduled to appear at Fifth District Court in Belfast Tuesday, Nov. 19, while Lesan will appear at Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast Thursday, Oct. 31.