Two Bryan women are charged with money laundering after authorities say they were part of a scam that netted more than $12,000.
According to Bryan police, officers were called to a bank on Harvey Mitchell Parkway in April 2018 after the staff became suspicious of a customer, 22-year-old Moesha Kensha Alexander. She had withdrawn $6,300 from her bank account the day prior, and the staff had uncovered that the money had originally been deposited using a forged check. Another deposit was then made for a forged check worth $5,900, police said. The checks were drawn on an account belonging to a California company.
Alexander met with officers and said she had been approached by Jasmine Cherez Bolden, 27, and Bolden’s relative about a money-making opportunity. Alexander told police she was under the impression that if she provided bank account information and her Social Security number, a woman in California would deposit money in her account and Alexander would receive a cut. According to police, Alexander said she was suspicious it was a scam but trusted her friends and did not know she was participating in illegal activity. She gave police her cellphone for authorities to review her text messages and gave police some of the money she had withdrawn from her account.
In August 2018, Bolden was arrested on an unrelated charge and police asked her about the money laundering scheme. She initially denied involvement, but when confronted with text messages, she told police she met two strangers from Hearne at a gas station and they offered her the opportunity.
Authorities were able to trace the forged checks to transactions made by an unknown man at a bank in Westlake Village, California, and at a bank in Canada.
Alexander was arrested May 31, and Bolden was arrested Tuesday. Both are charged with money laundering, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail. The two were released from the Brazos County Jail on $5,000 bond.