A Webster, WI woman is charged with twenty-five counts of felony forgery in Burnett County Circuit Court.
A criminal complaint has been filed in Burnett County Circuit Court against Susan Wood charging her with twenty-five counts of Class H Felony Forgery and one count of Class I Felony Theft of Movable Property.
According to the criminal complaint filed against her, Wood stole a book of checks from her soon-to-be ex-husband and then wrote out multiple checks to herself, allegedly signing her husband’s name to them.
The criminal complaint goes on to state that Wood’s husband filed a fraud case with his bank after being notified about several checks which he stated that he did not sign or approve. According to the criminal complaint, Wood wrote over $5,000 worth of checks on the account.
Wood allegedly told investigating officers that she held a check that had been signed by her now ex-husband up to a window and traced his signature in order to be able to sign his name accurately. Wood went on to tell officers that she had paid back part of the money taken after the issue was discovered.
Wood allegedly went on to state that she had used the money for gambling at either the Hertel Express Casino or the Danbury Casino. Wood also told the investigating officers that she used some of the money to purchase prescriptions, food, and pay medical bills.
During an interview with Wood, an officer provided a stack of checks for Wood to examine, and according to the criminal complaint, Wood stated that she did not dispute that she had created the checks and that she wanted to pay the money back.
The maximum penalty for a conviction of 1 count of Class H Felony Forgery is confinement in state prison for not more than 6 years, a maximum fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
Wood is scheduled to make an initial appearance regarding her felony charges in May 2018.
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