A Las Cruces woman is accused of falsifying and cashing 50 checks belonging to a longtime family friend.
Las Cruces police say 29-year-old Yvonne Y. Loya is facing 50 counts of forgery and is being held on $30,000 bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.
The checks allegedly were cashed over a five-year period and total more than $20,000.
Police detectives say the checks belonged to an 87-year-old family friend whose daughter helped raise Loya.
They say between February 2008 and April 2013, Loya allegedly cashed checks belonging to the woman who used to live in Mesquite but moved out of state in 2005.
Police say the victim hadn't had contact with Loya for four years and was unaware that she allegedly was writing checks on her bank account.
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