An anonymous tip jto the Fairfax Country police Crime Solvers program has led to the arrest of an 18-year-old College Park woman wanted on charges of forging thousands of dollars worth of checks under the name of an Annandale woman who was constantly harassed by creditors after her checkbook was stolen.
Dina Marie Ciriello was arrested yesterday without incident in her apartment by Prince George's County police and accused of posing as Marilyn Tapscott, a secretary at a bank holding company in downtown Washington who lost her checks and identification papers in May. According to Tapscott, someone who used her name passed at least $35,000 worth of bad checks, obtaining stereos, color television sets, microwave ovens, a washer and dryer, and a crystal chandelier and leaving her to contend with scores of outraged merchants.
Fairfax Police spokesman Warren Carmichael said that in addition to a Fairfax forgery charge arrest warrants for Ciriello on similiar charges have been filed by police in the District of Columbia, Alexandria, Vienna, Prince George's, Prince William, and Montgomery counties, and by the Maryland State Police. Carmichael said 44-year-old Wray P. Wood also was arrested at the College Park apartment and charged with passing fraudulent checks.
Both Ciriello and Wood were being held by Prince George's authorities in lieu of $50,000 bond each.
Carmichael said that the caller who tipped police to the apartment where both suspects were arrested will receive a reward of $1,000. He said that it was the third Fairfax "Crime of the Week" that police have cleared through anonymous tips in three months.