Check fraud lands locals in jail.

On April 12, Mineral County Sheriff’s Office begins an investigation of check fraud. During the investigation, a separate case of check fraud is discovered.

In a press release from the sheriff’s, Keira Ulibarri and Alfredo Ruiz-Estrella are arrested on May 8 as a result of the initial investigation for “utter or possess a forged instrument; grand larceny; misconduct in signing a petition; forgery; petit larceny and unlawful use of a controlled substance. Ulibarri was also charged with criminal contempt.

Both Ruiz-Estrella and Ulibarri are being held in the Mineral County Detention Center on $55,060 bail. Ulibarri is also on a no-bail hold from Nevada Parole and Probation.

“As a result of the second check fraud investigation MCSO personnel discovered the person involved with the check case was also trafficking methamphetamine. On May 9, MCSO personnel obtained and served two search warrants on a residence and a storage shed. As a result of search warrants over 16 grams of methamphetamine was recovered,” the press release informed.

Due to the issuance of the search warrant, two more are arrested on multiple drug charges, on what started out three weeks prior as a fraudulent check case.

The two arrested were Sandra Harris and Lance McDannold for level 2 trafficking of methamphetamine; possession to sell schedule I/II narcotics; use possess drug paraphernalia and possession of a dangerous drug without a prescription.

McDonnald was also charged with obstructing an investigation whereas Harris has additional charges of use of controlled substance; intent to utter a fictitious instrument; charges of use of a controlled substance; intent to utter fictitious instrument; misconduct in signing a petition; forgery; burglary and arrest for violation of parole.

Bail for McDannold is $110,080 and Harris is held on $147,280 bail as well as a no bail hold also through parole and probation.

“These were tricky cases to navigate as they came together but through solid investigations, MCSO personnel were able to put it all together and take in to custody all those involved,” Sheriff Randy Adams stated.