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Cheyenne check fraud unraveled: Two suspects bound for District Court

Laramie County Governmental Complex inlaid with photos of Anthony Gello and Kayla Moody. (Courtesy Laramie County Sheriff's Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Two Cheyenne residents, Anthony Gello, 37, and Kayla Moody, 35, are set to face trial in District Court following their involvement in a check fraud operation that spanned several months. The duo was implicated in a series of fraudulent activities across the city, including forgery, theft and identity theft, resulting in thousands of dollars in stolen funds from local businesses and banks, according to a press release by the Cheyenne Police Department.

Gello and Moody were arrested on Jan. 9 and Jan. 19, respectively, after an extensive investigation by the Cheyenne Police Department and Laramie County Sheriff’s Detectives. Their preliminary hearings concluded last Friday, with both suspects being bound over to District Court on multiple charges.

On Feb. 22, Gello was arraigned in District Court, where he pleaded not guilty and was scheduled for trial at the end of May.

Unraveling the Charges

The case unfolded in October 2023, when police received the first report of check fraud at a local business. The investigation quickly expanded, revealing over 15 related incidents involving the suspects. Techniques used by Gello and Moody included stealing personal checks, printing fraudulent checks, forging signatures and recruiting others to cash these checks, all to fund their controlled substance purchases, according to the release.

“I commend our investigators for their tireless work over the course of many months in getting these cases to this point,” said Chief Francisco. “I’d also like to thank partnering law enforcement agencies for their assistance and local businesses for their cooperation.”

The first report was a failed attempt by Gello to purchase a power tool with a fake check at Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply, followed by a fraudulent transaction at Firstier Bank. Surveillance footage and bank employee statements linked Gello to these and other crimes, including impersonating another individual in custody, according to police affidavits.

Moody’s involvement was confirmed following a stolen vehicle investigation in November, leading to the discovery of fraudulent transactions and the recovery of a stolen vehicle filled with incriminating evidence. Further ties between the suspects and fraudulent activities were established through a series of police investigations and reports from local businesses, including Firestone Complete Auto Care and Tire Spot, where fraudulent checks were used for significant purchases.

The investigation also revealed Gello and Moody’s drug involvement, with a search warrant executed at Moody’s residence uncovering suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Both suspects have previous convictions for drug possession, according to court documents.