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W.Va. woman faces bad check charges

July 20, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County woman who ran a fundraiser for a terminally ill child on April 22 at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg is charged with failing to pay the event vendors or give the proceeds to the child's family, according to Berkeley County Magistrate court records.

Jennifer Nicole Swartz, 33, of 141 O'Connor Lane in Baker Heights, W.Va., was charged by Martinsburg Police Department Detective S.F. Doyle with obtaining money by false pretenses and five counts of worthless checks, according to court records.

Magistrate Jim Humphrey set a $3,500 personal recognizance bond for Swartz, according to records.

In his complaint, Doyle said the woman wrote checks totaling $1,612.50 to KidZone Entertainment and Laird Bush Specialty Advertising.

The checks written to KidZone were for two moon bounces and concession machines, and two written to Laird Bush were supposed to pay for shirts and balloons, according to Doyle's complaint.

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"It was learned that the money generated from the event did not go to the family of the terminally ill child and it was also learned that several of the vendors involved with the event were not paid for their goods or services," Doyle said in his complaint.

There were checks written to the businesses before and the day of the event, which was held at the park off North Tennessee Avenue in Martinsburg.

Doyle said in his complaint that he was contacted about the fundraiser on July 10, and learned of the allegations against Swartz after speaking with people associated with other fundraising events.

Doyle also noted that several vendors had filed worthless check warrants, and they had been issued for Swartz in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, according to his complaint.

The vendors were not named in Doyle's complaint.

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