Pottstown woman charged with theft, forgery in Limerick

LIMERICK — A woman charged with nine felony counts of forgery posted $10,000 bail and is currently waiting her preliminary hearing.

Jessica Zera, 19, of Pottstown, was charged with forgery, theft, and tampering with records after she allegedly stole checks from several mailboxes in the township on Jan. 6.

One victim told police she put six checks in the mailbox that totalled $3,295.61 on Jan. 6. According to police, around 5:04 p.m. the same day, Zera went into the Pottstown branch of First Niagara Bank with one of the victim’s checks.

Police said the check was originally written to Chase, but Zera allegedly wrote her own name instead before endorsing the back and presenting the teller with a state identification card. The bank chased the $1,678.67 check, police said.


A second victim told police she also placed a check for $138.07 in her mail box around 6 a.m. on Jan. 6 for Citadel Bank.

The next day around 3:40 p.m. Zera allegedly went into the Citizen’s Bank in King of Prussia with the check from the second victim. According to police, Zera’s name was written in the payee line and an altered payment amount for $738.07.

Police said, in total, Zera cashed $2,416.74 that was not given to her. Five checks from the first victim have not been located, according to police.

Zera is expected in court again on Feb. 4 at 1:15 p.m.