Angelina Boka arrested for role in check scam, police say
A woman is facing charges for her role in a fraudulent check scam, officials said.
Angelina Boka was one of several women driven to the Taylor Mini Mart, 1907 Stefko Boulevard, Bethlehem, by Latasha Serrano to cash phony checks, officials said.
Boka cashed the bogus check drawn on the account of Vensure HR Inc. just before midnight on Dec. 20, and left in a rented black Volkswagen Jetta driven by Serrano, officials said.
A friend of Boka's, Jenny Hassan, told police that she, too, cashed a phony check she got from Serrano at the Taylor Mini Mart less than a day later, around noontime on Dec. 21, officials said, adding that Boka introduced her to Serrano on Dec. 17, 2012, saying she could help Hassan with her money problems.
Hassan said she kept $100 of the cash and turned the rest over to Serrano, officials said.
Daylene Carney and Shanta Newton also cashed several fraudulent checks from Express Temporary Services, Reading, and J&J Cleaning Co., Philadelphia, at Serrano's request at both Taylor Mini Mart and Figueroa's Market, 1227 Pembroke Road, Bethlehem, officials said.
All of the women involved cashed fake checks worth a total of $3,148.66, court papers show.
Boka, 32, of 1950 Hillcrest Road, Bethlehem, was arraigned Saturday on a theft by deception charge and released on $7,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 20.
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