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Woman faces 33 counts in forgery and uttering case

Bond was set at $330,000 for Chante Rachele Cook.

Bond was set at $330,000 for Chante Rachele Cook.

July 19, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman charged with forging and uttering stolen checks apparently told police she used the money to buy crack cocaine, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Chante Rachele Cook, 29, of 123 W. Burke St., Apt. 310, was arraigned on 33 felony counts by Harry L. Snow, who set a $330,000 bond for her.

According to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.M. Walker, checks amounting to more than $2,800 were used on July 9 and 10 at three different Sheetz convenience stores, Martin's Food Market, Food Lion in Inwood, W.Va., Jefferson Security Bank and City National Bank.

A Martinsburg man told Walker he believed the checkbook was stolen from his vehicle on July 8, and later told police that the woman previously had frequented his shop because she dated one of his employees.

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On Wednesday, Walker said he found the woman at her West Burke Street apartment about 11 a.m.

"... she could not recall the locations the checks were uttered because there were so ... many," Walker said.

In his complaint, Walker also noted the accused claimed another woman forged the checks and she uttered them.

"Ms. Cook then indicated the proceeds from the forged and uttered checks were used to purchase crack cocaine," Walker stated.

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