Woman accused of financial fraud charged in another case

Published 10:35 am Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Meranda Lynn O’Connor, 34

Meranda Lynn O’Connor, 34

An Austin woman arrested after using a stolen credit card to try and order from Steve’s Pizza is facing another check forgery charge.

Meranda Lynn O’Connor, 34, was charged in Mower County District Court Tuesday with felony check forgery less than a month after pleading not guilty to accusations of financial fraud, check forgery and drug possession in three separate cases.

In her first trio of cases, O’Connor pleaded not guilty on Sept. 1 to three felony counts of check forgery, two felony counts for financial transaction fraud and a count of felony fifth-degree drug possession.

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In those cases, O’Connor is accused of forging a nearly $400 check intended to buy a vacuum for the Mower County jail, forging checks at Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart, and maxing out a credit card through more than $1,000 in several online purchases before she was eventually arrested after police tracked her whereabouts when she tried to use the maxed out credit card to order from Steve’s Pizza.

But another alleged victim came forward on Sept. 20.

According the court complaint, a man told law enforcement he’d failed to receive a $200 rewards check from his credit card company he was supposed to get, but he’d learned it’d been cashed at Wal-Mart on July 4.

The victim, whose last name was also O’Connor, show officers a copy of the check with the first name changed to “Meranda” and the back endorsed to “Meranda O’Connor.” Officers also saw the back of the check had O’Connor’s state identification number on it and recognized her as being in jail on the other charges.

Police interviewed O’Connor, who admitted the signature was hers but said she didn’t remember forging the check because she was high on methamphetamine and was trying to get money for drugs.

In 2012, she was sentenced to three years probation on one count of uttering altered currency, and she was sentenced to five years probation in 2015 in Freeborn County for offering a forged check.

In her initial trio of cases, O’Connor is due in court for a March 3, 2017, pretrial and March 13, 2017, trial. She is due in court for the latest charge on Oct. 10.

Read the full story on Meranda O’Connors financial fraud and check forger accusations in the Sept. 1 Herald or at www.austindailyherald.com/2016/09/woman-accused-of-fraud-check-forgery-drugs-pleads-not-guilty/