Toano woman accused of stealing, forging checks, police say

JAMES CITY — A Toano woman accused of stealing and cashing checks to collect a payment she reported was owed to her is facing five felony charges, according to police.

Lorraine M. D'Apice, 57, was arrested Monday and charged with grand larceny, two counts of forgery and two counts of uttering. Deputy Chief Stephen Rubino with James City police said she is accused of stealing two checks from a male acquaintance's residence in the 7800 block of Richmond Road, then cashing them at a local bank.

According to a criminal complaint against D'Apice, on Aug. 6 officers responded to the Citizens & Farmers Bank in Norge in reference to the checks. The account holder discovered his account was overdrawn when he went to withdraw funds, the document indicates. The man was advised that two checks had been written to D'Apice for $475 and $450, the complaint states.

D'Apice initially denied writing the checks during a police interview, according to the document. It indicates she told police the man had "finally paid her for taking care of his brother for two months" when she had seen him the previous weekend.

The complaint notes D'Apice provided police with a written statement, which bore a similarity to the handwriting on the checks.

During a second interview three days later, D'Apice admitted she stole the checks from the kitchen table previously, according to the document. It states "when she realized he would not pay her," D'Apice told police she wrote the checks out and deposited them into her Wells Fargo account.

The man denied that there was any payment agreement between he and D'Apice for services rendered, the complaint states.

Robertson can be reached at 757-345-2342..