Woman sentenced to nine months in check scheme

January 12, 1999

A Boonsboro woman drew an additional nine-month jail sentence Monday in Washington County Circuit Court for writing bad checks - checks she stole from her mother.

Danielle Lynn Sweigert, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft/scheme before Judge Donald Beachley, who sentenced her to four years in prison. He suspended all but nine months.

Sweigert currently is serving a sentence at the women's prison in Jessup for violation of probation on a 1995 case in which $300 worth of change was taken from a Boonsboro woman's home.

In the latest case, a Washington County Sheriff's Department investigation of several forged checks in June 1997 led to Sweigert's mother, who reported her daughter had taken six blank checks from her checkbook.


The checks included a $575 check cashed at Home Federal and a $1,622 check cashed at Comstar credit union, court records said.

Sweigert told Beachley she has been using drugs since she was 15.

"I don't want to live my life at Jessup," Sweigert said.

Sweigert's mother told Beachley she would feel personally responsible if her daughter got any more jail time.

Felony theft and forgery charges were dropped in exchange for the plea.

- Marlo Barnhart

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