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Amherst police arrest Georgia woman for alleged check-cashing scheme

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Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

AMHERST — A Georgia woman who allegedly cashed more than $14,000 in fraudulent checks at area banks in July, and may be part of a criminal network based Atlanta, was arrested in Amherst Friday afternoon, according to Amherst Police.

Kiara Deandra Shy, 22, of Lithona, Georgia, was arrested at 4 p.m. while driving on South Pleasant Street on charges of larceny over $1,200, passing a counterfeit note and conspiracy, said Amherst Detective Lt. William Menard.

Shy pleaded not guilty to the charges in Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown on Monday and was released on $5,000 cash bail. Her next court appearance will be Oct. 8.

On July 12, Shy allegedly orchestrated and participated in passing several fraudulent checks at banks in the region, including Amherst, and got more than $14,000 in the process, Menard said.

Amherst Police detectives are being assisted in the investigation by the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.