City woman accused in multiple forgeries

William Thompson:Quay County Sun

A Tucumcari woman has been charged in 10th Judicial District Court with 46 counts of forgery totaling about $15,000, according to court records.

Tyra Gresham made her initial appearance before the court Monday, Chief Deputy District Attorney Donald Schutte said. Charges against her also include one count of fraud and one count of embezzlement.

Gresham was released Monday on her own recognizance and her arraignment will occur in about two weeks, he said.

“The charges arise out of (Gresham1s) former employment with Young Insurance Agency,” Schutte said. “It was a pattern of misapplication of checking funds.”

Schutte said the state alleges Gresham made out deposit slips for the insurance agency, which included cash and check receipts written on them, but the deposit slips she took to the bank were different.

“The deposit slips she took to the bank did not have the cash deposits with them,” Schutte said. “The forgeries amount to a total of about $15,000.”

Court records show the 46 felony counts of forgery were alleged to have occurred between Jan. 1, 2004, and Dec. 15.

Gresham said she did not want to comment. Larry Young, owner of Young Insurance Agency, said he did not wish to say much now.

“The charges were just filed,” Young said. “The D.A. will take care of it.”
Gresham’s attorney, Dean Border, could not be reached for comment.

Gresham serves on the board of the Quay County/Tucumcari Chamber of Commerce. None of the criminal charges are related to Chamber activities, officials said.

Will Cantrell, president of the Chamber board, said Chamber officials have not discussed the allegations against Gresham.