Multiple Felonies Follow Forged Checks
By Jacob Mathias
After admitting to forging multiple checks in order to buy drugs, an Amherst woman is facing multiple forgery and theft charges.
Jennifer Solis, 33, is charged with two counts of forgery, which carries a maximum of a $10,000 fine, six years imprisonment or both for each count if convicted. As a repeat offender — having been convicted of felony possession of narcotics in November of 2015 — any the prison sentence Solis receives can be increased by up to four years for each count.
She is also charged with two counts of misdemeanor theft which carry a maximum sentence of a $10,000 fine, nine months imprisonment or both. Her repeat offender status also warrants an increase of up to two years imprisonment for each count.
Solis made her initial appearance in Portage County Circuit Court on Aug. 1.
According to the criminal complaint, a man met with a Portage Co. deputy on December 11, 2015 to report someone had cashed a $200 check from his account in November. He said the check was made out to the brother of his girlfriend, Solis.
The man claimed he’d never written any such check, and the handwriting on the check was not his own.
The deputy contacted Solis, who denied knowing anything about about her brother taking a check from her boyfriend.
The man contacted deputies again in Jan., 2016 to report he suspected Solis had stolen one of his checks and cashed it for $150 at a Plover tavern. A bartender later identified Solis as the person who cashed the check.
Solis was interviewed again, while incarcerated in Wood County for an unrelated offense, when she admitted to writing both of the checks in question and said she’d used the money to buy drugs, according to the complaint.
Solis is currently free on a $2,500 signature bond and returns to court on Sept. 12 at 3:00 PM for a preliminary hearing.