South Dakota woman sentenced in check scheme

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Posted: Sunday, June 9, 2019 6:27 am

Sara Thorburn, 23, of Irene, S.D., faced the Honorable Mark Johnson for sentencing last Tuesday, May 28, in the district courtroom in Center.

Thorburn, who was found guilty of a misdemeanor count of attempted conspiracy after reaching a plea agreement in the case, was sentenced by Johnson to a 12-month term of probation, 90 days in jail - one day immediately and the balance at the end of probation - unless waived, $30 probation enrollment fee, $60 chemical testing fee, $127 cost of prosecution, and $600 restitution. Probation terms also include an in-person apology to victims, submission of 10 job applications per week until employed; a 9:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. curfew, except for emergencies and employment.

Thorburn was originally charged with conspiring with another defendant to commit forgery, in connection to checks drawn on the account of a deceased man in October 2018. She was represented by Martin Klein of Neligh, public defender.

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