Woman arrested after providing false name

July 26, 2010 1:07:43 PM PDT
A Salinas woman who was the victim of a crime was arrested by Monterey County sheriff's deputies at the county courthouse Friday night after allegedly providing a false name and date of birth related to the criminal case.

Maria Celeste Velarde, 27, admitted to deputies that the date of birth on her driver's license was incorrect, but she then allegedly provided another false birth date, according to the sheriff's office.

It was only when deputies offered to retrieve her birth certificate from the county recorder's office that Velarde told them that she was not being truthful about her age, sheriff's officials said.

Velarde was subsequently arrested and also found to be in possession of two counterfeit checks worth a total of almost $1,000.


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