SAN JOSE – 24-year-old Steven Michael Catolico and 23-year-old Molly June Johnson are facing several charges under PC 664-484/487(a) – attempted fraud and embezzlement.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred on November 12, 2013 when the two suspects entered the Safeway located at 3002 Story Road in San Jose. Catolico and Johnson approached the Savings and Loan Department at Wells Fargo and gave a signed check to the teller, requesting to cash the check that had been written in the amount of $2950.72. The teller, suspecting that the check was counterfeit, handed the check back to Catolico telling him that they could not honor it. Catolico then turned to Johnson and gave her the check. Johnson moved forward and gave the false check back and again asked the teller to cash it. The teller, suspecting a possible forgery, told Catolico and Johnson that the bank would be taking the check and not returning it.
The bank manager then contacted the owner of the check, who was living in Florida. The check was written from a non-profit organization account. However, the numbers did not match, except for the last four digits of the account. It was apparent that the check was altered to match the victim’s account. The victim told authorities that there was no such account and that “Molly June Johnson” was not issued a check or had an account with them.
The couple then began to leave the store, but not before police were notified of their intent. San Jose Police officers located the suspects and placed them into custody, booking them into the Santa Clara Main Jail under PC 470A-2 – forging or falsifying a document. A bond hearing was held decreasing the bond amount from $100,000 to $50,000. However Catolico was on parole at the time and will not be released, and is expected to continue to serve time for the crime, while committing a new crime while on parole. He had been arrested in 2008 for carjacking and arson. A plea hearing has been set for January 30 at 1:40 in Dept. 30 in the Hall of Justice in San Jose.
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