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Flowery Branch woman accused of depositing forged checks, withdrawing thousands of dollars
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Police believe this woman deposited forged checks at bank branches in Gwinnett County and then withdrew thousands.

A Flowery Branch woman has been arrested after police say she deposited thousands of dollars in forged checks at banks in Gwinnett County and then withdrew money from those banks.

Derona Carol Brown, 62, was arrested Friday and released on bond several hours after she was charged, according to the Gwinnett Police Department.

Police say the suspect deposited $140,000 Nov. 26 at SunTrust on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Peachtree Corners and another $98,000 Dec. 1 at SunTrust on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross.

SunTrust shut the account down Dec. 3, though most of the money had already been withdrawn, according to police. A police report was filed Sept. 10 and recently assigned to an investigator.

Gwinnett Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said the department received numerous tips after the pictures of Brown appeared in the media. Brown was identified as the suspect Friday and charged with two counts of first-degree forgery, three counts of theft by deception and three counts of possessing false identification documents.

She was released on a $23,600 bond.

Brown declined to comment.

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