Couple admits running two-person check forging ring - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Couple admits running two-person check forging ring

Markus Garza and Trista Coomer, images from Lubbock County S.O. Markus Garza and Trista Coomer, images from Lubbock County S.O.

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Federal investigators broke up a two-person check forging ring in Lubbock.  On Thursday, Markus Garza, 32, pleaded guilty to one charge of Conspiracy to Make Possess and Utter Forged Securities.  His girlfriend, Trista Ann Coomer, 26, also pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Both admit in court records that Coomer bought all the supplies needed to create fake checks that looked like they came from various companies in Lubbock.  Garza printed the checks and Coomer would then cash them.

Court records say the two cashed 34 fake checks.  A 35th check for $788.65 got them in trouble when one or more employees of Money Place, 2747 34th Street, became suspicious and refused the transaction.

Other than the failed attempt to cash a fake check, court records do not yet say how much money the two admit to swindling and will have to pay back as restitution.

Garza and Coomer will be sentenced at a later date.

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