State v. Morris, 011019 AZAPP1, 1 CA-CR 17-0738
|Docket Nº:||1 CA-CR 17-0738|
|Opinion Judge:||WEINZWEIG, JUDGE:|
|Party Name:||STATE OF ARIZONA, Appellee, v. LORI ANN MORRIS, Appellant.|
|Attorney:||Arizona Attorney General's Office, Phoenix By Eric Knobloch Counsel for Appellee Bain & Lauritano, Glendale By Amy E. Bain Counsel for Appellant|
|Judge Panel:||Judge David D. Weinzweig delivered the decision of the Court, in which Presiding Judge Kenton D. Jones and Judge Peter B. Swann joined.|
|Case Date:||January 10, 2019|
|Court:||Court of Appeals of Arizona|
Not for Publication - Rule 111(c), Rules of the Arizona Supreme Court
Appeal from the Superior Court in Maricopa County No. CR2016-109217-001 The Honorable Julie Ann Mata, Judge Pro Tempore
Arizona Attorney General's Office, Phoenix By Eric Knobloch Counsel for Appellee
Bain & Lauritano, Glendale By Amy E. Bain Counsel for Appellant
Judge David D. Weinzweig delivered the decision of the Court, in which Presiding Judge Kenton D. Jones and Judge Peter B. Swann joined.
¶1 Lori Ann Morris appeals her conviction and sentence for forgery, a class 4 felony. She argues the evidence is insufficient to support her conviction. We disagree and therefore affirm.
FACTS AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND1
¶2 Morris tried to cash a fake check from Aqua Chill, her former employer, at a grocery store. She had never before cashed a check at the grocery store, which was far from where she was later purported to be driving. The store clerk said she needed to first register in the store's system. The clerk asked for identification, fingerprints and a picture. Once registered, the clerk scanned the check into the system and a red flag appeared on the screen, warning the clerk to decline the check. Morris waited as the clerk spoke with a store manager. The grocery store's surveillance video showed Morris was pacing and appeared nervous. Morris heard the clerk or manager use the word "fraudulent" and fled the scene, leaving the fake check behind.
¶3 Police investigated. The check indicated it was issued by National PEO, which processes checks for Aqua Chill, but National PEO denied issuing the check. The check was printed on different paper than usual, with dissimilar dimensions, perforation and font. The check lacked a distinctive watermark. Additionally, the printed address on the check did not align with the address window located on the envelope Morris claimed it came in. The check number was thousands of numbers ahead of her final...
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