Woman arrested on $129K forged check charges in Palm Springs

She cashed checks from GAT III Interior Design.

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.- - A woman accused of cashing $129,000 in forged checks from the Palm Springs business where she worked as a secretary and payroll manager was in custody today.

  Cynthia Lee Hack, 51, of Colton, is charged with grand theft and forgery for allegedly signing her boss' name on checks made payable to her while working at GAT III Interior Design Inc.

   Her boss reported to police that Hack was "responsible for the day to day operations'' of the business and that they ``had developed a personal friendship,'' with Hack working under him for about 14 years, according to an arrest warrant declaration.

   He told police that he'd discovered that she'd forged his signature on "40 of the last 160 checks he reviewed'' between January 2016 and May 2017, ``which he never authorized and all made payable to Cynthia Hack, resulting in a financial loss to the business of approximately $129,000,'' the declaration alleges.

   Police allege that bank records corroborated the amount her boss reported was missing.
   Investigators also captured video surveillance of some of the check transactions, and said that "in numerous instances over the almost year-and-a-half span of cashing checks, Cynthia would high-five and make excited movements before or after the transaction, almost similar to a form of duping delight.''

   Hack was arrested Wednesday afternoon in San Bernardino, according to jail records. She is being held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on $130,000 bail, nearly the amount she's accused of taking.

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