Woman pleads guilty to forgery

CLINTON — A woman pleaded guilty to felony forgery in Clinton County District Court Wednesday.

Tara L. Hattendorf, 42, address unknown, pleaded guilty to one count of forgery, a Class D felony. One count of forgery and one count of fifth-degree theft, a simple misdemeanor, will be dismissed at sentencing in accordance with a plea agreement. Costs will be assessed to Hattendorf.

Hattendorf will remain liable for victim restitution from the case not to exceed $50. The State will recommend a suspended sentence, the plea agreement says. The Court is not bound to the State's recommendation.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 23.

According to a police affidavit, a man reported June 13 that his building had been broken into, but he wasn't sure at the time of all items that were taken.

About 4:04 p.m. June 14, Hattendorf presented a check from the man's closed Members Choice Credit Union account at Ascentra Credit Union, the affidavit says. The check, dated June 12, was made out to Hattendorf in the amount of $469.99.

An Ascentra Credit Union account representative called the account holder who told her the check was stolen and asked that she call the police, the affidavit says

Another account representative told the officer that she recognized Hattendorf as a former member of the institution, the affidavit says. The account representative said that Hattendorf did not have an ID but that the check had been given to her by a woman for work that Hattendorf had done.

The account representative made a photo copy of the check, the affidavit says, and when she returned, Hattendorf said she thought she had an ID in the car, took the check, walked out of the credit union and did not return.

The Ascentra branch manager provided an officer with surveillance video stills of the incident, and the account representative identified Hattendorf in the surveillance photos. Surveillance video captured the plate of the vehicle that Hattendorf drove to the credit union, the affidavit says.