Woman pleads not guilty to allegedly cashing $129K in forged checks from Palm Springs business

A woman accused of cashing $129,000 in forged checks from the Palm Springs business where she worked as a secretary and payroll manager pleaded not guilty to grand theft and forgery charges.

Cynthia Lee Hack, 51, of Colton, is accused of 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 alleged 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 

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.   

She's due back in court Feb. 14 for a felony settlement conference.

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