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Woman Writes Bad Checks to Four Dealers

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A Louisiana woman  pleaded guilty to buying several cars with fraudulent checks.
Maria Spears, a/k/a Maria Baquedano, admitted to defrauding Gulf Coast Bank in connection with writing fraudulent checks and pleaded to bank larceny.
According to court documents, Spears opened a checking account at Gulf Coast, which was then closed in 2011 and contained no funds.
From June 2015 to March 2016, Spears wrote approximately $357,000 in bad checks. Each time a check was presented, the bank declined to release the funds as the account had been closed since 2011.
On Dec. 12, 2015, Spears purchased a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette from an unnamed dealer with a check for $80,390.29 from the closed account.
On March 5, 2016, she purchased a 2016 Nissan GTR from another dealer with a check for $130,675 from the closed account.
On March 21, 2016, Spears purchased a 2016 Cadillac Escalade Premium from a third dealer with a check for $97,590.75 from the closed account.
On March 26, 2016, Spears purchased a 2016 Nissan 370Z from a fourth dealer with a check for $44,000 from the closed account.
She also used a check from the closed account to purchase $5,000 worth of real estate.
Spears faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, and/or a fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release. U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt set sentencing for Oct 25, 2017.
Spears was on supervised release for another federal offense when she committed this crime. On Dec. 6, 2012, Spears was sentenced to serve 21 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons for wire fraud. She was ordered to pay $176,267.96 in restitution and was placed on three years supervised release.

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