Woman who forged check put on probation

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— A 37-year-old woman was placed on three years of supervised probation and released Monday after serving about three months in the Routt County Jail for forging a check in December.

Jacqueline Lucille Turcotte was released Monday afternoon after serving 106 days for purchasing close to $500 in jewelry with a fraudulent check in December.

Fourteenth Judicial District Judge Richard P. Doucette decided not to give the woman additional time behind bars during a sentencing hearing Monday morning. The judge also allowed Turcotte to return to Portland, Ore., but warned her to follow the strict conditions of her probation.

In February, Turcotte pleaded guilty to forgery of a commercial instrument, a class five felony. In return for the plea, Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James dismissed felony charges of criminal trespass and defrauding an innkeeper and misdemeanor theft for the Dec. 3 incident.

Turcotte used a fraudulent check to purchase a topaz necklace and earrings and a pair of amber earrings at Silver Lining.

The jewelry, which was later found in Turcotte's purse, is worth $480.

Police began investigating Turcotte when she tried to cash a $600 check at the Steamboat Sheraton Resort, 2200 Village Inn Court.

As authorities were investigating Turcotte at the hotel, she allegedly went outside of her fifth-floor hotel room and climbed across three balconies.

At the time she did this, security personnel were waiting for Turcotte outside her hotel room.

Turcotte entered a man's hotel room through the balcony but later was arrested as she was packing her belongings into her sport utility vehicle.

As part of the sentencing, Turcotte was ordered to relinquish a computer printer, disks, digital camera and notary stamp to Steamboat police, who will use the equipment or destroy it.

Authorities suspect Turcotte was using computer software to create identification documents.

Turcotte also has to pay restitution, $348, and refrain from using alcohol. She also cannot write a check during the time she is on probation. She is also to comply with random drug testing and perform 96 hours of useful public service.

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