Randolph County woman facing felony charge

ELKINS — A Randolph County woman is facing a felony charge after allegedly writing a check for rent without the funds to cover it.

Rachel A. Smith, 33, of Mill Creek, is charged with one felony count of worthless check. She is free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, set by Randolph County Chief Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on July 24, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Deputy A.M. Channell received a statement from the female alleged victim regarding a worthless check in the amount of $550 that was written to her by Smith.

The alleged victim said Smith is renting a residence from her in the Mill Creek area of Randolph County, police said. The check was written on June 22 from an account with Grant County Bank.

On July 29, Channell spoke with Smith at her residence. She admitted to writing the check and said she “knew that she did not have sufficient funds to cover the check,” the complaint states.

Smith added she had made an agreement with the owners of the residence to pay that amount but has not had enough money to take care of the check and the past rent that is due because she has three children she is raising, according to the complaint.

If convicted, Smith could be sentenced to not less than one nor more than 10 years in the state penitentiary, fined not more than $500, or both.