Three Arrested For Attempting to Pass Fake Check

Three Arrested For Attempting to Pass Fake Check

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Three people were arrested after attempting to pass a fake check.

Odessa Police tell NewsWest 9, they were called out to Kwik Kash in the 2800 block of Andrews Highway in reference to a man attempting to cash a check for over $4,000.

When officers arrived at the business, employees at the store told police that two females were assisting the man in attempting to pass the fraudulent check.

The three people were identified as 29-year-old Melissa Clanton, 33-year-old Erin Barton and 71-year-old Stephen Hudson.

According to the report, the employees advised that the check contained a signature and date of birth that matched Hudson's driver's license but an investigation revealed that the check was false because an identical check had been used in a previous forgery where the account number didn't match.

Officers also discovered that Hudson signed the check and gave it to Clanton.

We're told that Clanton assisted Hudson in providing his correct identification including how to sign the check by adding his date of birth. Clanton gave Hudson's driver's license with the check and tried to pass it.

Barton later told police that she got the check for services she provided through "Naughty Maid" and said she didn't have identification and had to make it out to Hudson.

Clanton has been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity (forgery) and theft of property warrant.

Barton was arrested for organized criminal activity (forgery) and for two misdemeanor warrants.

Hudson was also arrested for engaging in organized criminal activity.

All three were taken to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center.