Cheyenne Housemates Charged in Check Fraud Scheme
A Cheyenne duo, already in jail on a laundry list of charges, now faces additional felonies for their alleged roles in a check fraud scheme.
According to booking sheets, 37-year-old Anthony Joseph Gello and his housemate, 35-year-old Kayla Ann Moody, were arrested in jail on Jan. 30.
Gello was charged with four counts of forgery and conspiracy to commit forgery and Moody was charged with two counts of check fraud and conspiracy to commit check fraud.
The two made their initial appearances in Laramie County Circuit Court on Feb. 1, during which Moody's bond was set at $3,000 cash and Gello's at $2,500 cash and their preliminary hearings were scheduled for Feb. 9 at 9:45 a.m.
Police say Gello went to various Blue Federal Credit Union branches in Cheyenne on July 12, 2023, making thousands of dollars worth of fraudulent transactions.
He, Moody, and 27-year-old Cheyenne resident Shane Timothy Crozier were also reportedly involved in a check fraud incident in which the three went to the Blue branch at 2300 Chesnut Dr., and Crozier deposited a fraudulent check that Gello gave him for $2,005.
From that check, $1,000 was received through the ATM.
Crozier was arrested at his home on Feb. 4 on a Laramie County warrant for three counts of felony check fraud.
Circuit Court Judge Sean Chambers signed the warrant on Jan. 30, the same day Gello and Moody were arrested.
Crozier made his initial appearance in Circuit Court on Monday morning, during which his bond was set at $3,000 cash and his preliminary hearing was scheduled for Feb. 13 at 3 p.m.
Moody on Nov. 16, 2023, also reportedly went to the Blue branch at 700 S. Greeley Highway with 29-year-old Cheyenne resident Rosa Lovato, and provided Lovato with a check that belonged to Moody and was signed by Moody for $1,000.
Lovato deposited the check and she and Moody received $1,000.
Blue stated the check later returned from the issuing bank due to the bank account being closed for fraudulent activity.
Moody and Lovato attempted to do the same thing the following day, but the account was flagged due to the previous check being fraudulent, and the transaction was denied.
The two made a third attempt on Nov. 21, this time going to the Blue branch on Chesnut Drive, but the transaction was again denied.
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