Warrant: Tyler woman wrote more than 100 checks to herself for over $40,000

Crime & Public Safety

TYLER, Texas (KETK) – A Tyler woman admitted to writing more than 100 fraudulent checks to herself from the business where she was employed, totaling over $40,000.

According to an arrest warrant obtained by KETK News, 39-year-old Vicki Melhart wrote the checks while working for Deerbrook Storage Unit. The 107 checks were made out between October 2, 2019, and April 4, 2020.

The owner of the company told police that Melhart’s job had been “renting units, paying various bills, and taking payments.” She was fired when the owner found out that she had been writing the checks and forging his or his son’s signature. In total, the checks added up to $40,125.35.

In an interview with police, Melhart said that she had written the checks because she was “not making enough money.” She also asked “to pay the money back to the owner instead of going to jail.”

Melhart is being held in the Smith County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Her first court appearance has not yet been scheduled.

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