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Sallisaw woman charged in alleged check scam

Friday, April 1, 2022 - An arrest warrant was issued March 29 for a Sallisaw woman charged with felony value/false pretenses, court records indicate.

Christina Caldwell, 42, faces up to two years in the Department of Corrections and a fine of up to $5,000 if she is convicted of the charge in Sequoyah County court.

According to court documents, on Jan. 4, Caldwell's mother drove her to Fort Smith to get a replacement driver’s license. Her mother said Caldwell had a check from an insurance company she was unable to cash because she had lost her license.

After receiving the license, Caldwell's mother drove her to a Fort Smith bank, where an employee reportedly asked for Caldwell’s driver’s license and had her sign the back of the check. The bank also required Caldwell's mom to sign the check under her daughter’s signature and advised the woman that she would be responsible if the check was not valid. The bank then cashed the $2,146.85 check.

Caldwell's mother informed police that on Jan. 7 the insurance agency had placed a stop payment on the check, and that on Dec. 23, Caldwell had received an electronic deposit in the same amount as the check cashed Jan. 4.

On Jan. 18, a Sallisaw police officer located a number written beside Caldwell’s signature on the back of the check. The number was identified as Caldwell’s driver’s license.

Sallisaw police then sent a subpoena to the insurance agency's claims department, and on Feb. 6, police received six documents.

One of the printed documents showed Caldwell was paid $2,146.85 on Dec. 22. It also revealed that a stop payment had been issued Dec. 21 on a check for the same amount. Another document shows that also on Dec. 21, the insurance agency voided the digital payment and re-issued a paper check.

Andrea Adams, Staff Writer

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