Woman is sentenced to probation | AspenTimes.com

Woman is sentenced to probation

Tim Mutrie

A Woody Creek woman who pleaded guilty to felony forgery was sentenced Monday to four years of probation and to complete 100 hours of public service.

Susan Ann Thomas, 49, wrote several bad and forged checks in April and May of 1998 on two different Alpine Bank accounts for approximately $12,000, according to court records. Prior to yesterday’s proceedings, Thomas repaid all of the overdrawn funds to Alpine Bank, records state.

Thomas’ attorney, Pamela Mackey, told Judge J.E. DeVilbiss her client is a “good person,” and characterized the incident more as a misunderstanding than a criminal act.

“It was more of a check is in the mail case,” she said. Thomas used the funds to finance a trip to Spain, Mackey added, and was unaware that her accounts were overdrawn.

“I regret those errors,” Thomas said, when given an opportunity to address the court. “I am sorry for the trouble it has caused … I was not intending to do anything wrong, but now I realize what I did was very wrong.”

Judge DeVilbiss agreed: “You made several bad decisions,” he said, before handing down the probationary sentence.

In March, local authorities arrested Thomas on two counts of fraud and three counts of forgery for authoring the bad checks. Save one count of forgery, all other charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. If Thomas stays out of trouble during the four-year period of probation, the felony conviction will be removed from her record.

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