Vigil heading to trial soon

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Courts > Resident of Alcalde charged with stealing, forging checks

By Tris DeRoma

A woman suspected of stealing checks out of Los Alamos County residents’ mailboxes in 2013 is due to appear in court next week for a motion hearing.
Brandi Vigil, 30, of Alcade, was arrested in November 2013 and charged with four counts of forgery (issue or transfer, $2,500 or less) and one count of conspiracy to commit forgery (issue or transfer, $2,500 or less).
Both of the charges are fourth-degree felonies, and carry a maximum fine of $2,500 and 18 months in prison.
Vigil showed up on the Los Alamos Police Department’s radar in October when officials from the Los Alamos National Bank contacted detectives over some video surveillance footage of two Hispanic females allegedly trying to cash bad checks.
The footage, dated Oct. 17, was taken at the White Rock branch of Los Alamos National Bank. More footage came from the main branch of LANB in Los Alamos.
The video allegedly shows Vigil, along with a friend and accomplice, Elsie Fernandez, 36, trying to pass of two checks they just stolen out of a mailbox in White Rock.
According to court documents, one check was for $198.85 and another one was for $192.38. On the one for $198, the check was altered to be made out to Vigil Brandi, and the “1” was altered to be a “9.”

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