Michelle Colon mug shot
Michelle Colon / Photo, Westport Police Department

WESTPORT — Another “check-washing” case investigated by Westport police has resulted in the arrest of a Shelton woman on multiple charges this week.

Michelle Colon, 24, was charged Aug. 1 with second-degree forgery, second-degree larceny, second-degree identity theft and criminal impersonation.

Police earlier this year warned that check-washing thefts are on the rise. The crime is described as instances when details on an already-written check — usually the amount and payment recipient — are erased and replaced with fraudulent information.

The investigation into the latest incident began May 17 when a Westport resident told police that a check he posted in a mailbox at Griffin Hospital in Derby apparently was stolen.

The man told Westport police the check never reached the intended recipient, and that its details were changed to be paid to a person named “Michelle Colon.”

The complainant told police that he did not know Colon and had not written a check to pay her.

The Westport officer investigating the complaint determined the check in question was deposited into a Chase Bank account. After securing a search warrant, police learned the bank account was controlled by Colon, according to the report.

After gathering more evidence, police secured a warrant for Colon’s arrest.

Colon turned herself in Aug. 1 at Police Department headquarters, and was released after posting $50,000 bond. She is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Aug. 11 at state Superior Court in Stamford.