The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 1, 2012

Woman pleads guilty to forgery

A woman charged with multiple counts of forgery pleaded guilty to one count of felony forgery Tuesday in Raleigh County Circuit Court.

Debra Lynn Massey, 41, agreed to the plea agreement arranged by Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Keller and defense attorney Martha Hopkins.

Keller says the state has evidence that both Massey and her 21-year-old daughter, Brandi Massey, stole checks from Debra’s mother, Brandi’s grandmother. The two then spread 24 forged checks all throughout Raleigh County.

Massey had nothing to say in her defense. Her attorney, Hopkins, said her client’s criminal history is minimal and she performed well on home confinement. Hopkins also said that Massey has a 5-year-old son at home who needs her. 

Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick sentenced Massey to not less than one year nor more than 10 years, then ordered supervised probation to dovetail that of her daughter’s probation, which was set for a duration of 18 months.

Massey will also be required to pay appropriate restitution on all the charges for the forged checks, as well as court costs.

Kirkpatrick told Massey, “You should think about that child the next time you attempt to do something wrong.”

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