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Ripley woman says she was wrongly arrested by police

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RIPLEY, TN (WMC-TV) - A Ripley woman wants answers after she says she was wrongly arrested by police

"I was falsely arrested by the Ripley police department for something I did not do," April Cacek said. 

Cacek is just days away from her college graduation, days after spending her first night in jail. 

 "I just sat there on this little bench crying, wondering why this had happened and how anybody could possibly think I'd done something like this," she said.

A court affidavit says Cacek was arrested by a Ripley police officer in early April after a bank employee accused her of forging her mother's name on a check worth $400.

That employee thought she recognized Cacek's car in the bank's drive through line right after the check was cashed.

The only problem is that Cacek says her name is also on the checking account, meaning she wasn't forging anything at all. 

"My reputation is going to be ruined and I thought how could the police make such a huge mistake," Cacek said.

So after spending 10 hours behind bars, charges against Cacek were dismissed.

"Maybe the Ripley Police Department isn't doing their job...maybe I'm not the only one this happened to...maybe there's others who've been done this way," she said.

No one at the Ripley Police Department or District Attorney's office would comment on this case.  DA Mike Dunavant is working closely with Ripley police to arrest the right person in this forgery case.   

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