Robbins police officer charged with forgery, loan fraud
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A south suburban Robbins police officer has been charged with falsifying a pay stub to get a used car loan.
Cheron Gee, 31, has been charged with one felony count each of loan fraud and forgery, according to a statement from the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. The charges were filed following an investigation by the State’s Attorney’s Professional Standards Unit.
Gee, who lives in Dolton and works for the Robbins Police Department, went to a CarMax dealership in Tinley Park in March to purchase a 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, prosecutors said. She traded in her old vehicle and obtained a loan through the dealership for more than $22,000 as part of the transaction.
During the loan application process, Gee submitted a pay stub that showed she earned $23.25 per hour and claimed her monthly wages were more than $4,000, prosecutors said. About a week later, the dealership‘s finance company returned the contracts because of fraud.
When the company contacted the Robbins Police Department to verify Gee’s employment and earnings, several differences were discovered between the pay stub she submitted and the stubs issued by the department, according to prosecutors. The stub she submitted was formatted differently, lacked the watermark of the Village of Robbins and contained discrepancies regarding Gee’s pay rate as well as the dates and number of hours she had worked.
Gee was ordered to return the Equinox because of the fraud, prosecutors said. While she handed over the vehicle, she refused to repay the loan balance the dealership had made on the car she had traded in.
Judge Peter Felice gave Gee a $25,000 I-bond during a hearing Wednesday at the Cook County Courthouse in Bridgeview, prosecutors said. Her next court date is scheduled for May 19.