A Charleston resident was arrested recently for crimes allegedly committed in Logan County.
Lisa Ann Casto-Gibson was arrested Sept. 3 after Corporal L. Preece, with the Chapmanville Police Department, conducted an investigation reportedly linking her to stolen checks.
On July 23, 2015, Preece reports he was contacted by the victim who claimed that two unauthorized checks had been used from their account on July 6, 2015. Through investigation, Preece was able to track down the first check to a market in Chapmanville, W.Va. Preece was given video surveillance footage at the market that reportedly shows a female handing a cashier a check for a purchase of $9.33 and opting to receive $50 in cash back making the total for the check $59.33.
The video then reportedly shows the female signing an agreement to authorize payment on the check. Documents also obtained by Preece show the victim’s name signed to the agreement.
Preece was able to produce still images from the video showing the female allegedly cashing the stolen check, and, upon reviewing the images with the victim, Preece reports they identified the female in the video as Casto-Gibson.
The investigation into the second check allegedly stolen from the victim is still under investigation.
As a result of Preece’s investigation, a warrant for Casto-Gibson’s arrest was issued in Logan County Magistrate Court on July 31, 2015.
Casto-Gibson is charged with a felony count of forgery, and if she is found guilty, Casto-Gibson could be forced to spend between one and 10 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $500 in fines. Bond was set to $2,500.
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]