Woman sentenced for check forgery
A White Bear Lake woman was sentenced in Washington County for a check forgery charge that took place in Woodbury last year.
Stephanie Marie Schaffer, 40, was sentenced March 10 to 15 months, stayed, with five years probation as long as she abides by conditions including completing all current mental health programming, chemical dependency treatment, performing 100 hours of community service over three years and paying a $50 fine.
The charge stems from a Feb. 16, 2010, incident where a Maplewood woman reported her car had been broken into in a church parking lot and several blank checks from her personal checking account were stolen.
She later learned several of her checks had been written and passed in Maplewood, White Bear Lake and Woodbury.
Several businesses in Woodbury reportedly received the stolen checks that totaled approximately $700.
Police spoke with employees at the businesses and found surveillance tapes in Maplewood that were able to identify Schaffer as the person who had been using the forged the checks.
Additionally, police spoke with a friend of Schaffer's who said she was driving her around on the incident date to various establishments, but didn't know the checks she was using were fraudulent.