Arraignment here Monday in phony check case

AUSTINTOWN —  One of two women accused of passing phony traveler's checks at township stores and restaurants has been brought here for arraignment.

Elizabeth A. Stevens, 23, of Cuyahoga Falls, is charged with criminal simulation, a fifth-degree felony, and fraud, a first-degree misdemeanor.

She was brought back from Summit County to the Mahoning County jail this week for a court appearance at 1:30 p.m. Monday in county court here.

Police are accusing her of passing phony $100 American Express travelers checks at seven locations in the township.

Four of those checks were passed the evening of Nov. 9.

She is also charged with similar crimes in Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court and Barberton Municipal Court in the Akron area.

She and Christine E. Pitt, 26, of Akron, are also suspected of passing one of the checks at the Bob Evans in Canfield on Nov. 9.

Pitt is facing a similar charge in the Barberton court.

Austintown Detective Dan Kosco said he expects township police will soon bring Pitt to Mahoning County to face charges in county court here as well.

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