Brookville Woman Faces Forgery, Debit Card Fraud Charges

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A Brookville woman is in the Jefferson County Jail after she allegedly forged checks and made unauthorized debit card withdrawals.

According to court documents, the Brookville Police Department filed criminal charges against 28-year-old
Jessie Suzanne Dean, of Brookville.

According to a criminal complaint, Brookville Police Officer Stormer met with a known man at the station. The known man produced documents from a local bank showing copies of checks that were cashed and some ATM usage. The man was able to show Officer Stormer that some checks were written out to Jessie Suzanne Dean, 28, of Brookville, and were cashed. Those checks also showed a signature for the man that is not his signature. While comparing signatures, Officer Stormer could see a clear difference in the styles and believed the man did not sign the checks issued to Dean.

The man stated he did not give Dean or anyone else permission to sign his name and/or to write out his personal checks. He stated he does not have anyone as a Power of Attorney, and provided Officer Stormer with bank documents showing five of his personal checks totaling $560.00 that were made out to Dean as follows:

– July 17, 2017, $120.00
– July 25, 2017, $60.00
– July 28, 2017, $120.00
– August 17, 2017, $140.00
– October 17, 2017, $120.00

The man was also able to show records of ATM withdraws that were made with his debit card for the same checking account totaling $510.00 as follows:

– September 13, 2017, $140.00
– September 18, 2017, $160.00
– September 20, 2017, $160.00
– September 29, 2017, $50.00

The man believed Dean used his card without his authorization.

The man stated that he had been in a relationship with Dean and that she knows his PIN for his debit card and that the card was returned to his wallet after the unauthorized ATM withdraws were made.

Following an investigation, Dean was arraigned at 1:15 p.m. on January 31 on the following charges:

– Access Device Issued to Another Who Did Not Authorize Use, Felony 3 (four counts)
– Forgery – Unauthorized Act In Writing, Felony 2 (five counts)
– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1 (nine counts)

Unable to post $50,000.00 cash bail, Dean was lodged at the Jefferson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. on March 7 in front of District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak.

Dean is also facing a preliminary hearing on March 7 on a drug-related incident that occurred on January 29, 2018.

Bail was set at $30,000.00 for that case.


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