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Woman named in theft of $6,866 refund check

A woman faces felony charges after she cashed a tax refund check of more than $6,000 that was taken from a tax preparation business in Fort Wayne, according to court papers.

Tamekka Jenkins, 29, of the 7400 block of Mill Run Road, was charged Monday with forgery and receiving stolen property. As of early Monday evening, she had not been arrested.

On Feb. 14, the manager of Instant Tax Service reported to city police that a customer’s tax refund check for $6,866.05 had been stolen. The customer had come to the business to get the check, and the manager discovered it was not there, court papers stated.

Police learned the missing check was cashed Feb. 4 at American Check Cashing in Fort Wayne. That business had required the person who cashed the check to make a fingerprint impression on a card. Investigators tested the fingerprint and found that it belonged to Jenkins, court papers said.

The manager of Instant Tax Service told police that his former employee was a friend of Jenkins and that she had been in the business a number of times, court papers stated.