Former payday loan employee distributed $ 24,000 in fraudulent checks

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Officers from the Lufkin Police Department arrested a former Texas Car Title and Payday Loan employee on Monday over allegations she created fraudulent loans or documents to generate fake checks that ‘she forwarded to others for the amount of $ 24,578.10.

Lissette Nayely Galvez-Castilleja, 26, of Lufkin, remains in Angelina County Jail for theft from a state prison between $ 2,500 and $ 30,000. No deposit amount has been set for the moment.

According to the arrest affidavit, an LPD officer was sent to the Texas Car Title and Pay Day Loan located at 617 N. Timberland Drive on October 1, 2015 to collect a theft report from the company’s area manager. The area manager informed the agent that Galvez-Castilleja, a former employee of the company, had paid 14 checks to suspected customers from fraudulent accounts during the period July 25, 2015 to August 31, 2015 for a amount of $ 16,475.42, the statement under oath.

The regional director also told the officer that Galvez-Castilleja also issued 12 checks from the company’s miscellaneous funds between September 11 and September 30, 2015 for an additional $ 8,102.68. The affidavit stated. The area manager said Galvez-Castilleja justified the checks saying they were reprints due to paper jams.

According to the affidavit, the area manager noticed a trend in the way the fraudulent accounts were set up.

She told police that several of the loan recipients were the same as the recipients of the fraudulent accounts receivable. The affidavit stated that Galvez-Castilleja had used loans written off, paid off and active information to create fraudulent accounts.

A large number of checks were said to have been addressed to two people whom the regional director did not know. She also did not authorize the checks to be written, the affidavit states.

During his investigation, the LPD officer spoke to the woman to whom most of the checks were written. The woman told the officer that she and her brother, the other person to whom most of the checks were written, loaned Galvez-Castilleja $ 9,500 to $ 10,000 over a period of about three years. .

The woman told the LPD officer that Galvez-Castilleja was having financial problems leaving her parents’ home in Nacogdoches, according to the affidavit. Galvez-Castilleja is said to have borrowed money from them and promised to repay it.

During the interview, the woman told the officer that once Galvez-Castilleja started paying her back, she still paid by check. According to the affidavit, the woman disputed the checks, but Galvez-Castilleja assured her they were good. Because the woman knew that Galvez-Castilleja worked at Texas Car Title and Pay Day Loan, “she didn’t think anything else about it.”

The officer later spoke to Galvez-Castilleja at the police department. At first, she allegedly denied having duplicated checking account numbers. She also denied knowing the woman and her brother, to whom most of the checks were issued.

On November 17, 2015, the LPD officer questioned Galvez-Castilleja again. She made a written statement in which she declared her innocence. She admitted to knowing the woman and her brother for a long time.

“I said a lot of bad things about this woman because she threatened me and my children,” Galvez-Castilleja said in her statement. “… [D]During this time I was working at the loan company, and [the woman’s brother] said he needed a loan for a large sum of money. I said I couldn’t make the loan, and I was asked to find out. “

Galvez-Castilleja also claimed in her statement that the man entered the business and completed the required paperwork for the loan and that she never got the money from the loans she issued, according to the ‘affidavit. However, she reportedly admitted to issuing the checks to the woman or her brother without authorization.

Additionally, Galvez-Castilleja claimed in her statement that she was the victim of a stunt and that she did not owe the wife and her brother any money and that she also did not borrow from them. silver.

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