SALEM — She said she didn't know it was wrong to write in an amount on another person's check.

Jennifer L. Goodman, 41, of 165 Washington St. in Peabody, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property over $250, uttering a forged instrument, forgery and attempting to commit a crime at 2:40 p.m. on Moffatt Road.

The incident occurred at the Eastern Bank on Loring Avenue. Goodman handed the fraudulent check to her friend to cash but did not enter the bank herself, police said.

A bank employee said a check for $275 was brought in, but the signature style didn't match the check's owner, who they were familiar with. The employee said the check couldn't be cashed. The woman attempting to cash the fraudulent check left without taking it with her, police said.

Police said they were able to contact the woman who attempted to cash the check and asked her to come in for questioning. She did and was accompanied by Jennifer Goodman.

The woman said Goodman owed her $70, police said. The woman told police she was given the forged check by Goodman under the promise that once cashed she could keep $70 of the total $275. The woman said she thought the check was good and just wanted Goodman to reimburse the $70.

Goodman said she got the check from either an "Amy" or "Tom." Police also said Goodman at one point said she wrote in an amount on the check.

The person who owned the checks had previously reported them stolen to police and told officials that his houseguests had been around at the time of the theft. Goodman said she knew one of the houseguests.

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