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Hagerstown woman sentenced in theft case

May 07, 1997

A Hagerstown woman was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to five years in prison for writing dozens of bad checks and looting a woman's savings accounts of more than $7,000.

Karen Michelle Davis, 28, of 707 Forrest Drive, pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft scheme, six counts of bad checks and two counts of theft, court records said.

Several additional theft and bad check charges were dismissed in exchange for the pleas.

Restitution in excess of $9,000 on all the cases was ordered by Judge Darrow Glaser.

The theft scheme surfaced in October 1995 when a Home Federal Savings Bank patron complained that $4,900 was missing from her savings accounts, court records said.

An investigation led to videotapes of several withdrawals from that account made by a young woman who was later identified as Davis, court records said.

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A series of checks written on closed accounts and accounts with insufficient funds surfaced at clothing stores, markets and a travel agency, court records said.

Davis will be on probation for three years when she is released from prison.

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