A Hudson Valley woman is accused of stealing an Oregon resident's identity and cashing a forged check for nearly $5,000.

On Wednesday, 35-year-old Elizabeth M. Carney of Saugerties was arrested for criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony.

Carney was arrested by Saugerties Police for allegedly cashing a fraudulent $4,500 check.

Carney produced and cashed the check at the Speedy Mart located on Main Street in the Village of Saugerties on March 3, police say.

Carney is accused of opening a checking account under the name of someone who lives in Oregon.

The person from Oregon wasn’t aware of the identity theft and never issued a check to Carney, officials say.

Carney was arraigned in the Village of Saugerties Justice Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail without bail.

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