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Woman arrested after attempting to cash forged check at First Federal Bank

A 41-year-old woman was arrested after attempting to cash a forged check at a local bank.

On Friday, January 7, the Ocala Police Department responded to the First Federal Bank located at 910 SW 1st Avenue in reference to a forged check.

According to the OPD report, Danielle Burr walked up to a bank teller and presented a check that was payable to a ‘Jillian Roberts.’

Woman arrested after attempting to cash forged check at First Federal Bank
Danielle Burr

The bank teller recalled a female cashing a similar fraudulent check at another First Federal Bank location at 5860 W State Road 40 on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. The check from January 7, according to the teller, was identical with the exception of the check number.

An OPD detective reviewed surveillance footage from the incident on December 29, and the detective indicated in the report that Burr and the female in the footage “without a doubt are one in the same.”

Burr was arrested at the bank and she requested to speak with the detective. She stated that she had come to Florida from Connecticut several months ago, and she claimed that her car and belongings were stolen shortly after arriving in the state.

Burr told the detective that she was approached by a man named “Tony” who asked if she wanted to make some money. She stated that “Tony” gave her an identification card that listed her name as ‘Jillian Roberts,’ and she received several hundred dollars from each forged check that was successfully cashed.

When asked how she ended up in Ocala, Burr stated that “Tony” brought her and another individual to Ocala to cash the checks.

Burr was transported to Marion County Jail. The OPD report indicated that she made statements during jail phone calls that she wanted to flee the state of Florida, and she is being held without bond due to the substantial flight risk.

She is facing felony charges for uttering a forged instrument, criminal use of personal identification, and grand theft. A court date has been scheduled on Tuesday, February 15 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.