Second check forger pleads guiltyPublished 11:09am Friday, March 1, 2013
The second of two women in an August check cashing scheme pleaded guilty Thursday in Mower County Court.
Kandyce Kristen Keeler, 29, of Rochester, pleaded guilty to one count of felony check forgery. Another count was dismissed.
Beth Marie Hansen, 26, of Rochester previously pleaded guilty to felony check forgery.
Hansen was arrested on Aug. 2. According to the court complaint, she and Keeler passed fabricated checks at Bobee Jo’s bar in Austin in June and later were caught.
A detective discovered Hansen, who was identified on surveillance, was being investigated in Rochester along with Keeler for forgery. According to the complaint, police believe Keeler was making checks and Hansen helped pass them. They also believe Keeler tried to cash two of the three checks at Bobee Jo’s Bar. An employee caught wind of the alleged scam during the third check passing. The women were allegedly using the name “Felicia Pigeon” as the account holder.
Hansen — who was convicted of a July 2011 Walmart theft in which she stole more than $2,000 of merchandise, fled officers at high speeds, assaulted an officer and possessed drugs — was recently sentenced to two years in prison after a probation violation. For her sentencing in this case, she will continue to serve her prison time.
Keeler will be sentenced on May 17.