South Range woman wanted for forgeryA South Range woman accused of forging $33,000 worth of stolen checks failed to make an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court.
A South Range woman accused of forging $33,000 worth of stolen checks failed to make an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court earlier this month and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Dawn Marie Martinson, 43, is facing 23 counts of felony forgery and one count misdemeanor theft stemming from a string of checks she allegedly stole and forged between August 2012 and March 2013.
According to the criminal complaints:
Martinson is accused of stealing checks from a former boyfriend who resides in the town of Amnicon and forging 11 checks between Jan. 1 and March 4 for about $2,402. She is also charged with stealing checks that belonged to a friend in Lake Nebagamon and forging 40 of them between August and December 2012 for about $30,996. All but two of the checks were made out to Martinson herself. The other two were made out to a veterinarian and an insurance agent. When questioned by Investigator Cliff Coulthard with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Martinson said she took the checks from her former boyfriend because she needed money to pay her bills. She wrote a statement regarding the Lake Nebagamon man’s checks, indicating she stole them because she was under financial strain with three kids, doctors’ bills and no insurance. She also wrote that she “wanted a good Christmas.”
Martinson appeared in court for a bail hearing in May and was released on a $1,500 signature bond, according to online court records. But she failed to make her initial appearance June 12 and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
If convicted, Martinson faces a maximum penalty of six years imprisonment and up to $10,000 in fines for each forgery count, and up to nine months imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000 for the theft charge.