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Bad check investigation leads to criminal charges

Posted: March 20, 2013 - 12:07am

Four local residents were indicted Friday in connection to a bad check scheme that the Juneau Police Department investigated last summer.

Prosecutors say the codefendants worked together to write bad checks to banks in Juneau and pocketed the cash while knowing the checks would not be honored by the bank. The checks were “bad” since they came from accounts that were either closed, frozen, blocked or had insufficient funds.

Carol A. Cropley, 25, Destiny S. Mathews-Beach, 30, Lacy L. Siverly, 24, and Richard A. Siverly III, 28, are all facing felony criminal charges for second-degree theft and issuing bad checks. Those are class ‘C’ felony offenses punishable by up to five years in jail each.

Prosecutors allege some members of the group obtained $8,700 from True North Federal Credit Union in late May and early June, and in another instance, $10,500 from Denali Alaska First Credit Union.

Two of the defendants, Lacy Siverly and Mathews-Beach, are also accused of writing bad checks to stores such as Super Bear Supermarket and Fairweather Gallery & Gifts.

In the Fairweather Gallery instance on July 17, prosecutors say a clerk accepted a bad check for about $1,200 for four silver bracelets. The store spoke with Siverly, who promised to return the merchandise, but the bracelets were never returned, according to an affidavit. Police later searched a database of pawn shop transactions and discovered she had pawned the four bracelets the same day, the affidavit states.

The affidavit also alleges Siverly also wrote two bad checks totalling about $360 to Foggy Mountain Shop to purchase two coats on July 2.

The District Attorney’s Office charged the four via criminal information in January. Now that an indictment has been handed up, the cases will be transferred to Juneau Superior Court. They are scheduled to be arraigned before Judge Louis Menendez on Wednesday afternoon.

Court documents show they all have attorneys. Cropley is represented by Timothy Ayer; Mathews-Beach is represented by Thomas Collins, Lacy Siverly is represented by Julie Willoughby and Richard Siverly is represented by Kirsten Swanson.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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