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MAN, WOMAN ARRESTED IN CHECK CASE.



Byline: Jason Kandel Staff Writer

BURBANK - Police arrested a couple on suspicion of writing fraudulent checks and said Wednesday the two are believed to be part of a crime group that illegally gained access to more than $23 million in cash and credit.

Police arrested Karla Yamashiro, 33, and her boyfriend, Dino Salvador Ledonio, 30, of Woodland Hills, on suspicion of burglary after Yamashiro allegedly tried to write about $3,000 in fraudulent checks for laptop computers at a Burbank Comp USA store Monday, investigators said.

Officials said both were charged Wednesday in Superior Court with felony felony (fĕl`ənē), any grave crime, in contrast to a misdemeanor, that is so declared in statute or was so considered in common law.  counts including second degree commercial burglary, attempted grand theft of personal property, theft and forgery forgery, in art
forgery, in art, the false claim to authenticity for a work of art. The Nature of Forgery


Because the provenance of works of art is seldom clear and because their origin is often judged by means of subtle factors, art
 charges.

In addition, officials said Yamashiro was charged with possession of methamphetamines, and Ledonio was also charged with identity theft and grand theft.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  County District Attorney's Office could not say as of late Wednesday whether the couple entered a plea.

The two are suspected of being part of a Filipino crime group known as The Circulation, police said. The group allegedly steals bank and credit information from mailboxes and has targeted people with bank accounts of more than $100,000.

``They weren't interested in small potatoes small potatoes
pl.n. Informal
1. A person or thing regarded as unimportant.

2. An insignificant amount or sum.
,'' said Burbank Police Sgt. Scott Wilson Scott Wilson may refer to:

A person's name:
  • Scott Wilson (judge), a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
  • Scott Wilson (footballer), a Scottish professional footballer.
  • Scott Wilson (actor), an American actor.
. ``They were interested in big ones so they could write checks that wouldn't bounce right away.''

Using computer equipment in their apartment, the couple would produce fake checks bearing legitimate account numbers but false corporate names, officials said. They would use the phony checks to buy large amounts of computer equipment, then return it for cash the next day, police said.

A search warrant found a number of credit cards and stacks of fraudulent checks at the couple's Woodland Hills apartment, Wilson said. He said authorities were investigating whether the couple used the credit card information.

Police believe someone inside a bank gave the couple information to personal bank accounts.

``They obviously have somebody working on the inside,'' Wilson said. ``We will certainly be interested in talking to Noun 1. talking to - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
lecture, speech

rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval - an act or expression of criticism and censure; "he had to
 that individual.''

The Secret Service and the U.S. Postal Service The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) processes and delivers mail to individuals and businesses within the United States. The service seeks to improve its performance through the development of efficient mail-handling systems and operates its own planning and engineering programs.  are also investigating.

Yamashiro was being held Wednesday in lieu of $15,000 bond. Ledonio was being held at the Inmate Reception Center in lieu of $15,000 bond.

Wilson described Yamashiro as a longtime member of The Circulation, with an arrest record in Los Angeles dating back to 1988. Most of the cases dealt with alleged credit card theft and forgery.

Investigators said they believe the two may have been involved in other fraudulent transactions at about a half a dozen other computer stores across the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.
.
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