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Alleged fraudulent check casher held on $200,000 bail

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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An Auburn woman arrested for elder abuse is still in jail after allegedly fraudulently cashing one of her housekeeping client’s checks. Now, Auburn police say there could be more victims out there. Sherri Shifflett, 42, was arrested Wednesday. Shifflett had been working as a housekeeper for an elderly client in Folsom for several months, according to Detective Scott Alford. When Shifflett’s client was moved to a care home, she stopped cleaning the house, and, after some time, the client’s family asked Shifflett to resume the work, Alford said. “They brought her back to clean the house again, and that is when we believe she obtained the account information or check,” he said. “At this point we aren’t sure if it’s just a really good replica (of the client’s check) or if she stole the check.” Alford said Shifflett allegedly cashed the fraudulent check at a bank in Auburn. On Dec. 21 the Auburn Police Department received the report from the Folsom Police Department and began investigating the case, Alford said. Auburn police found more evidence of the fraudulent check at that time, Alford said. Alford declined to comment Monday on the check’s amount. On Wednesday Shifflett was booked on charges of elder abuse, identity theft, burglary and passing or forging documents, all felonies. Shifflett is in custody in Placer County Jail on a $200,000 bail. Her next court date is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 5 in Roseville’s Dept. 33 courtroom. Alford said he couldn’t discuss Shifflett’s criminal background, but police think it’s possible there could be more victims in this case. “We haven’t had any other victims that have come forward,” he said. “There is a chance there could be more victims, so we just want people to know about her. She is a licensed housekeeper here in the city. There is at least a potential (for victims in Auburn).” Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com