A woman gave a landlord two phony money orders when she and her husband signed a lease for an apartment earlier this month, officials said.
Jazmyn M. Morris handed over two fake U.S. Postal Service money orders, each worth $875.23, to Kenneth Sauer on Nov. 1 for the first month's rent and a security deposit for an apartment at 2850 Jones Boulevard, Palmer Township, Northampton Co., officials said.
When Sauer took the money orders to a Bank of America branch the next day, the bank would not cash them, officials said.
Sauer then went to a post office in Phillipsburg, Warren Co., N.J., where he was told that the money orders were bogus, officials said.
After Sauer turned over the money orders to police on Nov. 15, they checked with a supervisor at the post office in Palmer Township, and she too said they were fake, officials said.
When Morris was interviewed at her apartment on Wednesday, she told police she bought the two money orders for $795 from a woman in Bethlehem who was trying to help her, officials said.
Morris, 33, was arraigned Thursday on a forgery charge and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $20,000 bail, according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 5.