Pa. woman sentenced on forgery charges


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., woman who forged checks belonging to at least three other people to buy clothing and gas was sentenced Wednesday to serve a minimum of five months in jail.

Melissa Dawn Moore, of 321 W. Second St., Waynesboro, previously had pleaded guilty to five counts of forgery and one count of bad check.

As part of the agreement, Moore, 21, is to make restitution on all of the checks, including cases that were not filed, Assistant District Attorney T.R. Williams said.


"She has agreed to pay restitution on everything, in light of what she pled to," he said. The forged checks total several thousand dollars, he said.

"Melissa had some money difficulties at the time. She fully accepts responsibility and is sorry for what she did," defense attorney Jim Stein told the court.

Moore forged checks belonging to several people last fall and winter at Kmart, Pizza Hut, The Gap, Bon-Ton, Kwik Fill Gas and several other stores in Chambersburg, Waynesboro and Hagerstown, according to court records.

"You victimized many people and now you are paying the price," Judge Carol L. Van Horn said. "You cannot use financial problems to victimize others."

Van Horn sentenced Moore to serve five to 23 months in Franklin County Prison and pay restitution as determined by the Franklin County Probation Department on the first count of forgery.

She ran the sentence from Jan. 20, when Moore was incarcerated.

Van Horn also sentenced her to 84 months probation on each of the remaining four counts of forgery, but she ran two probation sentences concurrent so Moore will spend 14 years on probation.

She imposed 12 months probation on the bad check charge, which will run concurrently with the other probation sentences.

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