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September 29, 2006
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Chicago cop charged with trying to cash fake $1 million check

The Associated Press

CHICAGO- A Chicago police officer is facing forgery and theft charges after prosecutors say she tried to cash a fake US$1 million (euro790,000) check she claimed was a legal settlement from an amusement park.

Patrol officer Tiffany Brown appeared in Cook County Criminal Court Thursday on charges of forgery and attempted theft by deception.

Prosecutors say Brown went to the Patrolman's Federal Credit Union on Aug.30 and gave the teller the US$1 million (euro790,000) check with a letter indicating that it was a settlement from a lawsuit against Six Flags Great America.

When bank officials called Great America to verify the check's authenticity, the company's comptroller told them it was fake, as was the bank account number listed on it, prosecutors said.

Outside court Thursday, Brown's attorney said her client "maintains her innocence."

Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said Brown, who has been with the department seven years, is on paid leave as authorities conduct an internal investigation.

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