Jalilah Bass-Brown, 20, of Oakland, tried cashing a counterfeit business check for $3,680 at 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Wells Fargo Bank on San Ramon Valley Boulevard in Danville, police said. The teller noticed something odd with the check, which was in the name of a business that frequents Wells Fargo, and took it to the back for further review, reports said.
The teller and bank manager compared the check with others from the business and found the latest check had several important items missing. They determined the check was fraudulent and called the police.
When police arrived, Bass-Brown was still waiting at the window. Craig said Bass-Brown told them she received the check from a friend who owed her money and claimed she did not know the check was a fake. She said her friend dropped her off at the bank and never came back, Craig added. But when police asked about the friend, Bass-Brown was unable to share any details about him.
"There were a lot of 'I don't knows,'" Craig said.
The police said they found discrepancies in her story and arrested her on charges of possessing a counterfeit document. They also found she had an outstanding warrant for prostitution and delaying a police officer from doing his duty, reports said.
Craig noted that Wells Fargo did a commendable job and prevented the suspect from victimizing other banks.
-Jordan M. Doronila