Woman forged checks to steal $6,000 from Lincoln casino, police say

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A woman is facing several charges after police say she stole an identity — plus thousands of dollars from the Lincoln casino.

On four separate occasions, 37-year-old Diamond Helmstadter used a stolen Texas woman’s ID to get into Lincoln’s WarHorse Casino, police said.

Helmstadter, and two associates, first entered the casino on Nov. 17, when she used a fraudulent check to cash out $3,000, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

The checks bore the bank account information of a Lincoln man, documents allege.

Three days later, Helmstadter – while still using the Texas woman’s ID and Lincoln man’s checks – cashed another $3,000 check at the casino.

Helmstadter went to the casino two more times, on Nov. 22 and Nov. 24, but investigators don’t think she cashed any checks, according to court documents.

During the last visit, a casino employee, who was familiar with Helmstadter’s true identity, heard her identify herself as the woman from Texas, documents say.

The employee immediately notified other staff members.

Court documents also allege that Helmstadter tried to cash a forged check for $2,500 at Cornhusker Bank near 56th and South Streets on Nov. 23.

Helmstadter had used the Texas woman’s ID at the bank, according to court documents.  The bank gave the ID back to Helmstadter but kept the forged check.

On Monday, Helmstadter was arrested at a home near 19th and A Streets.  The address was associated with one of the men who accompanied Helmstadter at the casino.

At the time of her arrest, Helmstadter was in possession of the Texas woman’s ID, police say.

She was arrested on suspicion of theft by deception, second-degree forgery and identity theft, according to court documents.

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