Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Judgment withheld in forgery case

Sun Valley woman sentenced to 2 weeks in jail

Express Staff Writer

    A Sun Valley woman has been given a withheld judgment for forging a signature on a $200 check written to herself on someone else’s bank account.
    Lina Elizabeth Klumpp, 22, was sentenced for the felony crime of forgery on Monday in Blaine County 5th District Court. Judge Robert J. Elgee also placed Klumpp on probation for three years and sentenced her to two weeks in jail. The judge ordered that Klumpp be allowed work release.
    Under a provision of Idaho law, the withheld judgment allows that the felony conviction can be removed from Klumpp’s criminal record if she successfully completes probation.
    Klumpp was processed into the Blaine County jail following Monday’s sentencing hearing. She was represented by Hailey attorney Christopher Simms, who was earlier assigned as public defender.
    Klumpp pleaded guilty to the crime in December 2013.
    A criminal complaint against her states that Klumpp forged the check “on or about” Feb. 5, 2013.
    She was charged with the crime in in August 2013 following an investigation by the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.
    Klumpp was not arrested at the time she was charged, but was instead issued a felony summons advising her of the charge and ordering her to appear in court for an initial hearing in September.

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