Charges dropped on forgery case

Second suspect bound over


By Sarah Pridgeon

Brooklyn Corley of Sundance has been bound over to District Court on charges of forgery after allegedly attempting to cash a stolen check in Spearfish. The case against Thomas O’Connor, in whose name the check was written, has been dismissed.

The alleged crime took place on November 17, 2015, when the Sundance Police Department was advised of a check for $500 written out to O’Connor that the checkbook owner did not write. The witness allegedly stated that the signature was not even close to her own and that it had been taken from her apartment, filled out and cashed.

Officer Welchie Patterson made contact with the company in Spearfish where the check was thought to have been cashed and recovered paperwork filled in during the transaction.

Corley was arrested and brought to the Crook County Detention Center, where she allegedly admitted to filling the check out and, according to court documents, stated that her car needed tires and she had no money. Corley also allegedly claimed she had planned to pay the money back.

O’Connor was charged with one count of conspiracy for agreeing with one or more persons that they would commit the crime of forgery. Judge Matthew Castano dismissed the charges at a hearing on July 15.

Corley faces a felony charge of forgery, carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years’ jail time, a $10,000 fine or both.