A Payson woman’s scheme to make some quick cash will likely end with a lengthy sentence.
On Monday, former Quick Cash employee Angela Mae Gregg, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of theft after 14 counts of forgery were thrown out by Gila County Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill.
Gregg admitted that she took approximately $6,000 from numerous fictitious accounts as well as former Quick Cash patrons without permission.
Gregg would write out false checks and cash them in, pocketing the money.
Gregg could spend anywhere from one to 3.7 years in jail and up to four years on probation.
Cahill will sentence Gregg at 11 a.m. on May 31 in a Payson courtroom.
Previously, Cahill rejected a plea agreement that mandated probation, but said Monday he would accept a new plea that makes probation available, but not guaranteed.
It was March 30, when the Payson Police Department was first notified of Gregg’s schemes. A 75-year-old Payson woman had gone into Quick Cash, at 301 E. Highway 260, to get a loan. A clerk informed her that she already had an outstanding $500 loan that she would need to repay.
However, the woman had not taken the loan out and the signature on the check was forged.
By this time, Gregg was no longer working at Quick Cash. A manager there said they knew about Gregg creating fraudulent loans and they had already identified 14 victims, according to a police report.
Eight of the victims were past customers and another six were fakes with information from one person merged with another, creating a new identity.
After learning this, officers began looking for Gregg and on April 13, police learned that her car was at a home off West Saddle. When an officer knocked on the home’s door, Gregg did not answer although her purse was sitting on the vehicle’s front seat.
The next day, Gregg called the PPD and admitted she was in the home, but was fearful of opening the door. Gregg said she would not talk with police without an attorney.
When officers went back to Quick Cash, they learned from a regional manager that they first became suspicious of Gregg on March 25 when they were performing an audit.
Managers watched Gregg change a loan status and later discovered loans with missing information. Later, they realized a number of loans had the same check number and that Gregg was cashing the checks.
On April 15, Gregg called Det. Mike McAnerny and said that she would self-surrender. On April 20, Gregg turned herself in at the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.
Gregg will have to pay Quick Cash back the money she took.
“I don’t know if Quick Cash will get their cash quickly,” Cahill said.
Cahill told Gregg not to overpromise on how quickly she could repay the money.