(December 23, 2014)-  Cape Coral Police Detectives made an arrest yesterday in a months-long investigation.

In August of 2014, Cape Coral Police were called to Tropic Floors at 1202 Ne Pine Island Road on a grand theft complaint.  The business owners contacted Cape Coral Police in reference to discrepancies they found in their books, believing an employee was writing and cashing fraudulent checks from the business account.  The employee, Amanda Kathleen Stilson, was terminated, but the business owners offered Stilson a grace period within which she could repay the money and the business would not pursue criminal charges.  During that time, Stilson continued cashing fraudulent business checks.

Investigators began compiling a mountain of evidence over the course of the next several weeks in this case to include bank transaction records, copies of checks, and even photos of Stilson cashing or depositing fraudulent checks.  Based on the totality of the evidence obtained, Detectives were able to determine that Stilson cased or deposited fraudulent checks on twenty-five (25) different occasions, totaling $11,756.75.

Cape Coral Police Detectives made contact with Stilson at her home on December 22, 2014 and took her into custody without incident.  She was later transported to Lee County Jail.

ARRESTEDAmanda Kathleen Stilson, W/F, DOB: 09-30-1956, of 3404 SW 1 Avenue, Cape Coral.
CHARGES: Grand Theft (Greater than $10,000), Uttering a Forged Instrument (x25)
CR#:  14-103710

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