Thalia Patrick /
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WESTPORT — A New York woman, charged last year in a $28,000 “check-washing” scheme — stealing a check and changing the recipient’s name to her own — has been arrested again for the same criminal offense, police said.

Thalia Patrick, 29, of Bronx, N.Y., was charged Jan. 19 with first-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny. She was arrested on the same charges last June.

Nearly a year ago, Westport police issued a warning that the number of check-washing incidents was on the rise locally. Check washing, in general terms, occurs when a check is stolen — often from a residential or U.S. Postal Service mailbox — and details, such as the payee’s name and the amount, are erased and replaced with fraudulent information. The check is then either cashed or deposited in a bank account controlled by the thief.

The latest charges against Patrick were filed in connection with a police investigation launched Jan. 25, 2022, when a local business reported that details on several of its checks had been altered and the checks were illegally cashed, according to the report.

One of those checks was fraudulently written for $28,023.52, police said.

The police detective investigating the case secured a search warrant for the TD Bank account where the check was deposited, and determined the account belonged to Patrick. Additional evidence from an ATM’s surveillance video showed an unidentified man making the deposit into Patrick’s account, police said.

A warrant for Patrick’s arrest was issued, and on Jan. 19 she turned herself in at Police Department headquarters. She was released after posting $75,000 bond and is scheduled to appear Jan. 26 at state Superior Court in Stamford.