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Cops: Couple Use Forged Check to Buy Home

May 13, 2005

BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ An Arizona couple has been charged with grand theft, accused of trying to buy a home using a forged cashier’s check. Kathy Lynn Jean, 42, and Robby Joe Jean, 39, moved furniture into the new home before they were arrested Tuesday, Boise police Detective Wade Spain said.

Both are charged with grand theft; Kathy Jean is also charged with forgery and violating federal probation.

``It’s just totally odd,″ Spain said. ``I guess they thought they were smooth talkers and could get away with it.″

Police claim the couple bought a legitimate cashier’s check worth $37.06 at a Boise bank, but then altered it so it appeared to be a check for $317,000.

They are accused of giving the altered check to a title company after business hours on Monday as a cash payment for the Meridian home.

``The title company was instantly suspicious and went to the bank the first thing in the morning,″ Spain said.

The couple are awaiting hearings in 4th District Magistrate Court.

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