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Woman arrested for bouncing checks to pay scam artists

Linda Panneck (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Linda Panneck (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Dept.)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A Jonesboro woman was arrested after police say she wrote thousands of dollars' worth of bad checks to pay scam artists.

Linda Kay Panneck, 69, was arrested Monday afternoon at Heritage Bank, 2009 Browns Lane.

According to the initial police report, Panneck wrote several checks for cash to herself on an Iberia Bank account and cashed them at the Heritage Bank across the street.

However, police said there was no money in the Iberia account to cover the checks.

The reported stated Panneck had written $5,120 worth of bad checks since March 16.

The arresting officer spoke with suspect's husband, David Panneck, who said his wife "has been sending all of her money to Jamaica and different places for sweepstakes winnings."

Panneck said his wife "spent several thousand dollars doing so and is now trying to find ways to send them more money," the report stated.

Linda Panneck was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center where she was charged with theft greater than $5,000.

Her husband reportedly paid $5,120 to Heritage Bank.

Bank officials decided to not pursue charges and Linda Panneck was released from jail.

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