Attorney: Client Was Arrested for “Banking While Hispanic”

Her attorney calls it a case of “banking while Hispanic.”

Erandy Pacheco, a Mexican American, calls it one of the great humiliations of her life.

Pacheco, 35, a Spanish-speaking translator, had stopped at the Fifth Third Bank on Coolidge in Berkley June 20 to deposit a U.S. Treasury check for just under $10,000 she received for work on a criminal case for the U.S. District Court in Detroit.

Instead, she was arrested, handcuffed in the bank and taken to the Berkley police station on suspicion of trying to pass off a fraudulent check.

Problem was, the check was real.

“It was the most shocking moments of my life,” said Pacheco, who has lived in the U.S. since December 2006.

Read the whole article at Deadline Detroit



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