Police: Havasu man to appear in court on theft and forgery charges
A Lake Havasu City man will appear in court Oct. 29 for a pretrial conference on charges of theft, forgery and fraud.
According to police, Gregorio M. Enrique, 25, was staying off and on at a friend’s home for several months. His former housemate reported during that time that Enrique stole thousands from himself and his mother in the form of forged checks and illegally scanned credit cards – the money from much of which was deposited into a bank account owned by Enrique, the police report said.
Checks and wire transfers were issued to Enrique’s bank account from Aug. 1 to Aug. 21, police say, prompting the suspicions of alleged victims when they became aware of bounced checks and stopped deposits they never authorized. The alleged victims also found a package for a credit card reader, equipped for use with a mobile device, they believed Enrique may have been using to scan their credit and debit cards.
Police say Enrique was in possession of the card reader at the time of his Aug. 20 arrest. He allegedly denied stealing checks from the victims when questioned by officers, and said he bought the card reader to start an online business. He could not provide additional details, the report said, and later said he did not want to speak further with officers.
Enrique remains in custody at Mohave County Jail on $25,000 bond.