A woman has been arrested for allegedly cashing almost a dozen forged checks at a grocery store last December, officials said.
Portia Mitchell, 46, admitted on Feb. 3 to cashing 11 checks worth $4,690 at Hall's Grocery, 39 N. 7th St., Easton, between Dec. 15 and 23, officials said.
Store officials reported on Jan. 12 that Mitchell endorsed the checks drawn on the account of Edward and Rosemary Marchak and signed in the name of Delores Steffie, who has power of attorney for her sister, Rosemary Marchak.
The checks were all returned for insufficient funds, officials said.
Steffie told police she did not issue or sign any of the 11 checks, and that Mitchell had access to where the checks are kept inside her home, officials said.
Mitchell, of 600 Canal St., Easton, was arraigned Monday night on charges of forgery, theft by deception and receiving stolen property and released on $5,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 13.