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Police: Palmerton woman stole $1K through check cashing scheme

Published April 20. 2019 06:06AM

A Palmerton woman has been charged with fraud after she stole more than $1,000 from her employer’s bank accounts.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Kevin Buck of the Palmerton Borough Police Department:

On April 4, the owner of the Bowmanstown Diner told police that while reviewing his payroll account, he discovered that he had two employees who had been cashing their payroll checks twice.

The owner identified the employees as Hineline, 21, and a 17-year-old girl.

The owner turned over to Buck copies of the canceled checks he had retrieved from his online account in regards to Hineline.

Upon review of these checks, it was found that Hineline would deposit the check using a mobile deposit system to Republic Bank of Chicago using a routing number to an account holding bank for 1st Century Bank. The money was then sent to another account, which was a processing account for another company identified as Ingo Money, which specializes in prepaid debit cards.

Sometimes following a mobile deposit, the account holder must then provide an additional image of the check showing it had been voided to prevent multiple deposits.

When the voided check was requested, Hineline would provide a voided copy only after depositing the check a second time through a Wells Fargo Bank account, this being done both remotely, as well as at a branch ATM or in person using one of those accounts.

As a result, a search warrant was applied for and granted for both of these accounts.

The results of the investigation have found that as a result of Hineline providing the checks 20 times for a second withdrawal, she unlawfully obtained $1,024 in cash from the account at Key Bank in Palmerton while attempting to conceal the location of the money by using multiple accounts and conspiring to do so with the 17-year-old girl.

Hineline faces charges on four counts of criminal conspiracy; two counts of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities; fraud; theft by unlawful taking or disposition; receiving stolen property; and corruption of minors.

She was scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing April 10 before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.

Hineline waived her right to the hearing, and will appear May 7 for a pretrial status conference in the Carbon County Court of Common Pleas.

Hineline is free in lieu of $5,000 straight bail.

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