Theresa Marshall, 35, of Ozark, received a 13-year sentence on Friday for multiple counts of forgery, possessing forging instruments, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and stealing by deceit. Greene County Circuit Judge Tom Mountjoy handed down the sentence.
Prosecutors asked for a prison sentence of 20 years. Marshall requested probation.
Investigators found that, between January 2012 and August 2013, Marshall and others were involved in the alteration and cashing of multiple forged checks. Some checks were reported stolen in a car theft, some from a burglary and others were intercepted in the mail.
Officers also found Marshall with fake IDs, tools to alter checks and controlled substances.
When sending checks in the mail, citizens should monitor who cashes them, what amount the check clears for, and should promptly report any alteration to their bank and the police.
Fast reporting lets police work with businesses and banks to quickly recover any surveillance and other evidence that can lead to arrests and convictions that stop these crimes. Citizens are also encouraged to keep records of checks, credit cards and debit cards and report the theft of those items to their bank and police immediately.
The Springfield Police Department investigated this case.