Spring Hill Woman Forged $50,000 Money Order, Deputies Say
She tried to pay an electric bill with the forged money order, Hernando deputies said.
BROOKSVILLE – A woman has been accused of forging a money order for $50,000 after she used it to try to pay an electric bill, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said.
Latoya Michelle Villagomez, 35, of Spring Hill, was charged with one count of fraud, uttering forged instrument, a felony.
Deputies said they were called to the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative office in Brooksville on Monday (Aug. 20) because a customer had tried to pay an outstanding bill with a $50,000 counterfeit money order.
The money order was received by mail at an out-of-county Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative office and forwarded to the Hernando County office at 10005 Cortez Blvd. Employees there were familiar with the customer’s account.
Deputies contacted agents at the U.S. Secret Service’s Financial Crimes field office in Tampa who confirmed the money order was counterfeit.
On Tuesday (Aug. 21), deputies went to Villagomez’s home in Spring Hill. They said that, during questioning, Villagomez admitted to creating the money order on her home computer and printing it at her house. She then mailed the money order to Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative to try to pay her bill.
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