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January 1, 2013

Clinton woman receives probation for perjury, theft

CLINTON — Judge Nancy Tabor gave a deferred judgement and a suspended sentence to a Clinton woman charged with perjury and third-degree theft.

Bridget Shepard, 31, 420 Glenwood Place, apartment 6, pleaded guilty to perjury and third-degree theft. According to court documents, she was arrested for perjury after making false statements to a judge regarding the violation of a no-contact order.

Shepard was charged with third-degree theft in April, in connection with a string of check forgeries in Clinton. According to the affidavit, an employee from Hy-Vee reported that Shepard cashed a check made out to an account for Express Personnel service for $653.07. The check was returned to the store by Wells Fargo Bank as an invalid account. According to the affidavit, Shepard said in an interview at the Clinton police station that she received the check from subjects who offered her $100 to cash the check. She gave them her personal information and they gave her a forged payroll check in her name, according to court documents.

“I have made bad decisions in the past and I am working to better myself for myself and my children,” Shepard said in court Thursday morning.

Shepard’s defense attorney, Matt Noel, asked the court to consider a suspended sentence for her. He stated that most of her criminal history stems from substance abuse.

“In the three years that I’ve known Bridget Shepard, she’s gone through rehab and gotten sober,” Noel said.

Tabor granted Shepard a two-year deferred judgement for the perjury charge. During her probation, Shepard will be required to abstain from controlled substances, actively seek and maintain verifiable employment, pay restitution, provide DNA and obtain her General Educational Development certificate. A $750 civil penalty was suspended.

For the charge of third-degree theft, Shepard was ordered to serve 90 days in the Clinton County jail and was fined $625. The days in jail were suspended. She must complete 12 months probation.

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