Second convicted in check cashing schemePublished 9:54am Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The second of two women in an August check cashing scheme was convicted of check forgery last Friday in Mower County Court.
Kandyce Kristen Keeler, 29, of Rochester, was sentenced to five years’ probation and must pay $747 restitution for her one count of felony check forgery. Another felony count of check forgery was dismissed.
Beth Marie Hansen, 26, of Rochester previously pleaded guilty to felony check check forgery in the same case. 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 sentenced to two years in prison after a probation violation. For her sentencing in this case, she will continue to serve her prison time.
Hansen was arrested on Aug. 2, 2012. 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 made checks and Hansen helped pass them. They also believe Keeler tried to cash two of the three checks at Bobee Jo’s Bar, as well. An employee caught wind of the scam during the third check passing. The women reportedly used the name “Felicia Pigeon” as the account holder.