Austin woman pleads guilty to using bad checks

Published 7:00 am Friday, January 15, 2010

An Austin woman who, along with her husband, is accused of using bad checks to buy jewelry and later pawn it pleaded guilty to a felony charge Thursday.

April Amanda Mallan, 29, is scheduled for sentencing May 28.

Her husband, Joseph Henry Mallan, 26, pleaded not guilty in November. He is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Feb. 5.

According to a court complaint, April Mallan used two checks to buy a ring, earrings and a watch at Bendixen Jewelry on Main Street Oct. 21.

The merchandise totaled almost $800.

The checks were in the name of and signed by Joseph Mallan, but April Mallan filled them out and gave them to the clerk.

A day later, a store representative reported to police that the checks were no good.

The complaint states that Joseph Mallan opened an account with Guaranty Bank on Aug. 21 with a $95 deposit.

Records show that the $95 was withdrawn a day later and that no other deposits were made into the account.

To date, roughly $900 worth of outstanding checks are linked to the account.

April Mallan was arrested Oct. 22 while attempting to sell the jewelry at a pawn shop.

She admitted to police that she knew the checks were no good and that buying the jewelry was a “stupid” idea, according to a criminal complaint.

Joseph Mallan was called by police in regards to the case and allegedly hung up the phone, the complaint states.