Bad Check Leads to Theft Charges for Punxsy Woman

PUNXSUTAWNEY BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A bad check written to an area business recently led to theft charges for a Punxsutawney woman.

Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 26-year-old Brittney N. Pierce.

According to a criminal complaint, the owner of a known business in Punxsutawney contacted Punxsutawney Borough Police regarding a check that was returned to him from the bank, stating the check was written from a frozen account.

The business owner reported that on August 23, a food order was delivered to an address on Mahoning Street for $90.71, and Brittney N. Pierce wrote a check for the order. The check was a starter check from an account in Pierce’s name.

Police then contacted the bank about the incident.

According to the complaint, the bank reported the last date Pierce had a positive balance in the account was July 30. The bank account was then closed due to having a balance that had gone more than $200.00 in the negative.

The business owner sent Pierce a certified letter on September 5 stating the check she wrote was returned by her bank, and indicating that she had ten days to pay the money owed for the food, plus a $50.00 returned check fee, for a total of $140.71. The letter specifically stated that if she failed to comply, the issue would be taken to the court system, the complaint states.

Police spoke to Pierce on the phone after receiving the report and asked her if she had any intention to pay the money she owed to the business owner. Pierce reportedly stated that she didn’t have the money and was then told charges would be filed against her, according to the complaint.

The following charges were filed against Pierce through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock on September 30:

– Theft By Deception-False Impression, Misdemeanor 2
– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 2
– Bad Checks, Summary

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on November 17.

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