Mother arrested trying to cash fake check with kids in tow

A Jersey City mother of two tried to open a bank account with a bogus check and brought her friends along to help.

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Crystal Harrison, 32; Shakya Phelps, 28; Emily Vargas, 21 and Kyonia McCollum, 19, were arrested Wednesday in Hoboken on a slew of charges.

Hoboken Police arrived at the TD Bank on 47 Newark Street to find a car parked outside with three females and two young children.

The driver gave conflicting information, leading officers to believe the women may be involved with the fraudulent activity.

And a bank representative told officers that after the first female used the counterfeit check to try to open an account, another female walked in and attempted the same thing.

Division of Child Protection and Permanency of New Jersey was contacted and the children were released to other guardians.

Harrison was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, as well as conspiracy, criminal attempt, theft by deception and one failure to appear warrant.  She was sent to Hudson County Correctional Facility on $7,500 bail with 10-percent option.

Phelps was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, as well as conspiracy, criminal attempt and theft by deception. She was issued a summons with a notice to appear in Superior Court.

Vargas was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, as well as conspiracy, criminal attempt, theft by deception, hindering own apprehension (by providing false name and information) and two failure to appear warrants.  She was sent to Hudson County Correctional Facility on $7,500 bail with 10-percent option.

Mccollum was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, as well as conspiracy, 
criminal attempt and theft by deception.  She was issued a summons with a notice to appear in Superior Court.

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Jillian has a passion for news, giving voice to the voiceless and telling stories that make an impact. A New Jersey native, she spent the past two years as a multimedia journalist/one-man-band at WTAP-TV, the NBC affiliate in Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she covered everything from meth busts to fracking to the homeless to a young man struck by lightening. She was her news director’s “go to health reporter” and also covered many education and political stories. She frequently interviewed the mayors of Parkersburg, Vienna and Williamstown, WV and Belpre and Marietta, Ohio. She interviewed OH Gubernatorial Candidate Ed Fitzgerald and OH Congressional Candidate Jennifer Garrison, as well as WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and WV Senator Joe Manchin. Jillian was a regular fixture at the local police, sheriff’s departments, prosecutors’ offices and courthouses. Many looked forward to her ‘Mom of the Month’ series. Her story about two women who lost their children to heroin was widely recognized, along with her much loved piece on the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis band camp. In her free time, Jillian enjoys yoga; working out, live music, spending time with friends on both coasts and the Mid-Ohio Valley. Follow on Twitter @JillianRis

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