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A woman Thursday afternoon pleaded guilty to forging a 96-year-old Casper woman’s signature on a check.

Wendy M. Moore pleaded guilty in Natrona County District Court to a single felony count of forgery in the case. Prosecutors agreed, in exchange for her plea, to dismiss four other felony counts that alleged Moore forged other checks belonging to the woman.

The agreement calls for Moore to pay restitution for all allegations, including those prosecutors dismissed, totaling more than $8,000. It also calls for both prosecution and defense attorneys to recommend she serve 3 years of probation in lieu of a 3-5 year prison sentence.

According to court documents filed by prosecutors, Moore worked as a caregiver for the 96-year-old woman. In August, the victim’s daughter-in-law saw thousands of dollars in checks had been issued to Moore against the elderly woman’s checking account and she contacted police, the documents state.

The elderly woman told police she had not signed the checks and the signature on them did not resemble hers, the documents state.

Moore no longer works for the home care business. Although the documents list Moore’s address as a location in Natrona County, they also state she said she was living in Wisconsin when police contacted her in August.

During Thursday’s brief hearing, Moore’s court-appointed attorney said she has a new job and a new home. Dylan Rosalez, the attorney, did not specify where she now lives.

Moore remained free on bond Wednesday afternoon.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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