Deputies: Teen used grandma in counterfeit scheme

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Alachua County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Jennifer Sparacino

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Authorities say a teenager used her 74-year-old grandmother who suffers from memory loss to cash counterfeit checks.

Alachua County Sheriff's officials say 19-year-old Jennifer Sparacino took her grandmother to a Gainesville Bank of America twice in early May to cash three checks totaling more than $5,400.

Deputies say bank managers told them Sparacino tried earlier to deposit the fraudulent checks using her grandmother's identification. When she wasn't allowed to make the deposit, she left and returned with her grandmother.

The Gainesville Sun reports the grandmother told deputies she doesn't recall going to the bank.

Bank managers told investigators Sparacino's account was closed in March for an allegation of fraud involving $4,518.

Sparacino is jailed on 11 felony charges including grand theft, fraud and exploitation of an elderly person.  She was being held in the Alachua County jail on

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