The story began on November 19, 2013, when officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to an auto body shop located in the 1600 block of 14th Street to investigate a report of a woman writing a bad check in the amount of US$2,830.69.
The officers learned that the woman had written the check to the owner of the company after he had performed work on her car.
The check had bounced and, despite repeated attempts by the company owner to recover the funds from the woman, she had not complied.
The case was sent to the desk of a detective and he conducted a search warrant of the suspect's bank account and discovered that on the date that she wrote the check, she did not have sufficient funds to cover the amount.
This constituted the crime of passing a fictitious check with the intent to defraud, and the detective obtained a warrant for her arrest.