Norwalk woman pleads guilty to forgery, cocaine charges

Cary Ashby • Jul 31, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A Norwalk woman pleaded guilty to felonies in separate cases Monday.

Brooke A. Deak, 25, of 23 Newton St., Apt. D-9, pleaded guilty to one count of forgery. In exchange, the state dismissed four other forgery charges and Deak agreed to pay restitution on those same counts.

Also, the defendant pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of possession of cocaine on a bill of information. That means she agreed to waive the right to have the case presented to a grand jury for a possible indictment. As another part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed not to pursue other charges which had been transferred from Norwalk Municipal Court to Huron County Common Pleas Court.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo told Judge Jim Conway that Deak hadn't been indicted on the drug residue cases because the prosecutor's office was waiting for the lab results. Longo also said a tampering-with-evidence charge had to do with Deak "dropping a syringe at the time of her arrest."

In the forgery case, Deak took her mother's checkbook and wrote several checks worth $729 on a closed account over about 10 days and forged another woman's name, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Dina Shenker said. The forgeries happened between March 27 and April 7.

In the cocaine case, the Huron County Sheriff's Office learned Deak was going to Cleveland to purchase heroin.

"Brooke was supplying heroin to individuals in the city of Norwalk. ... We knew Brooke was already wanted on a felony warrant out of the Norwalk Police Department, so we set up on a route she would be traveling," Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said soon after Deak's arrest.

Deputies stopped Brooke's vehicle May 15 on U.S. 20, Shenker said, found drug paraphernalia in her vehicle and also learned there might be more at her residence.

"Brooke gave consent to search her residence," Shenker said in court Monday.

Deputies seized a suspected crack-cocaine pipe, numerous syringes, spoons used to cook heroin and a small amount of suspected heroin.

Deak, who remains in the Huron County Jail, will be sentenced Sept. 17.

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