On November 30th, Deputy David Hawley with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Bank of the West Investigations Unit regarding a check fraud case.
The suspect was identified as a 51 year old female from Yachats, Linda L. Baehr. Baehr was reported by the bank to have deposited multiple fraudulent checks over a course of several weeks resulting in a substantial loss to the Bank of the West.
On December 9, Deputy Hawley made contact with Baehr near the 200 block of Ocean View Drive, Yachats. An investigation revealed that Baehr forged and deposited several fraudulent checks; some of which belonged to a deceased subject.
Baehr was placed into custody and transported to the Lincoln County Jail where she was lodged on the following theft related charges, Theft in the First Degree (Four Counts), Attempted Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, Forgery in the First Degree (Three counts), Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the First Degree (Three Counts), Aggravated Identity Theft, and Negotiating a Bad Check (Four Counts). Baehr’s bail was set at $760,000.