Joann Guzman / Photo, Westport Police Department

WESTPORT — A Norwalk woman has been implicated in a scheme to steal and cash fraudulently altered checks from Westport neighbors, police said.

Joann Guzman, 29, was charged Feb. 25 with third-degree identity theft, fourth-degree larceny and criminal attempt at third-degree larceny.

Police on Jan., 22 began an investigation involving neighbors who were contacted by two different banks about checks that had been stolen, the details changed and cashed — apparently by the same person.

Investigators subsequently learned that a woman — identified as Joann Guzman — used her Connecticut driver’s license as identification when she attempted to deposit/cash the stolen checks at each bank, according to the report.

A warrant for Guzman’s arrest was issued, and she was taken into custody Feb. 25 at the Norwalk Police Department, where she was detained on the Westport warrant.

Guzman was released after posting $15,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned March 14 at state Superior Court in Stamford.