A Valley Bend woman is facing felony charges after she allegedly forged her mother's signature on 13 checks.
Pamela Thoman, 56, was charged Tuesday with 13 counts of forgery, a felony, and 15 counts of uttering, also a felony, after she allegedly cashed 13 checks from a Davis Trust Co. joint bank account belonging to her and her mother, Denny Ott, without authorization.
According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office, Trooper D.T. Stallings with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police received a forgery and uttering complaint originating from a residence on Beck's Road in Valley Bend.
Ott told Stallings that she and her daughter operated a joint checking account, but Thoman wasn't authorized to use or sign checks from the account, the complaint states.
However, Thoman allegedly signed her mother's name to 13 checks and cashed them at a variety of locations in and around the Elkins area between Feb. 9 and 20. The amount Thoman allegedly removed from the account totaled $520.25.
Ott told Stallings, the investigating officer, that she wanted to pursue charges against her daughter, who was lodged in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail for a North Central Community Corrections probation violation.
"They had a joint checking account and (Thoman) wasn't authorized to issue or use any of the checks," Stallings said Tuesday. "Unfortunately that's the way that particular cookie crumbled."
Stallings said Thoman and Ott live together.
When Stallings went to TVRJ to collect a statement from Thoman, Thoman told him she'd taken checks from her mother's checkbook and signed her mother's name to the checks because she knew she couldn't use the checks herself, the complaint states.
Thoman told Stallings she'd cashed the checks at Bob's Mini Mar in Mill Creek, C&J's Restaurant in Valley Bend and Kroger in Elkins.
Magistrate George M. Riggleman set bond at $25,000 cash or surety, and as of presstime, Thoman remained in the TVRJ.
The penalty for each count of forgery and each count of uttering is confinement in the state penitentiary for one to 10 years, or, in the discretion of the court, confinement in a regional jail for up to one year and a fine of up to $500.
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