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March 11, 2014

Woman pleads guilty to forgery of checks

CLINTON — A Clinton woman admitted in court Thursday to forging a check in another person’s name.

Phyllis R. Pickens, 23, pleaded guilty to second-degree theft and forgery. Both class D felonies, each count could carry as much as five years in prison and fines of between $750 and $7,500.

Pickens told district court judge Joel Barrows that she made a check for $3,950 from victim George Hultgren’s account and signed his name on the stolen check. The money was deposited in the account of a co-conspirator, with Pickens taking some of the money for herself. According to court documents, the money was deposited into the account on Aug. 10, 2012, through the Clinton National Bank ATM.

Pickens admitted in court that she had no right to take this money.

As part of a plea agreement, the state will dismiss another count of second-degree theft and forgery at the time of sentencing. Assistant Clinton County Attorney Amanda Myers will recommend a suspended sentence and concurrent sentences. The defendant may seek a deferred judgment.

Pickens’ sentencing is set for 10 a.m. April 10.

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