Woman convicted of receiving stolen property and check forgery

Cary Ashby • May 16, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A Bellevue woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing and forging checks from a couple in the city.

Natallia R. Stokes, 26, of 233 1/2 Kilbourne St., was convicted of one count each of receiving stolen property and forgery.

In late February, a Huron County grand jury indicted Stokes on eight counts each of checks-related receiving stolen property and forgery. As part of a plea deal Tuesday, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining 14 charges and the defendant agreed to pay $1,790 in restitution.

Stokes' conviction for receiving stolen property was for an Oct. 20 incident while the forgery happened Nov. 2.

A Bellevue couple reported the theft of checks from two banks to the city police department. Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper said officers determined the stolen checks were made out to Stokes, who forged the account holder's signature.

"The checks were cashed at the bank in October and November," Kasper added.

Stokes, who declined to speak on her own behalf, is on intensive probation for an unspecified felony through Sandusky County.

On Tuesday, the defendant was ordered to spend four to six months in a community-based corrections facility, a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education. The sentence was a joint recommendation between the state and Huron County Public Defender David Longo.

If Stokes violates the terms of her three years of intensive probation, she faces a 22-month prison sentence.

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