Woman arrested in two-year-old theft scheme

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Donneka Whitehead


From Staff Reports

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A North Carolina woman wanted for a two-year-old larceny and felony money laundering case that spanned three states will face a judge in Nash County today after being arrested Friday on felony warrants.

Rocky Mount police arrested Donneka Whitehead, 27 after she turned herself in at 5:03 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Police Department at 330 South Church Street. Arlington, Va., police Detective Paul Marseilles said Whitehead took a check from a mailbox on Dec. 15, 2015, at the apartment complex where she was living in Virginia, altered it and deposited it into her account.

Marseilles said only days later, Whitehead wrote out a money order at a Wal-Mart minutes from where she lived in Maryland. He added Whitehead then took the money order and cashed it at a check cashing service in Virginia.

Marseilles said Whitehead disappeared after cashing the money order. Warrants for her arrest were filed in May 2016 and a search for her was conducted but turned up nothing. Marseilles said the search initially led them to Maryland, back to Virginia and then to North Carolina.

Whitehead is being held in the Nash County Detention Center. She faces a judge today for an extradition hearing. Marseilles said getting Whitehead back to Virginia to face the larceny and felony money laundering charges could take up to 30 days.