BY JOSH PRESLEY
Jennifer Hamby, of West Point, pleaded guilty to forgery, fraudulent use of ID and false pretense Jan. 13, and Judge James Kitchens accepted her plea during the Clay County Circuit Court session Wednesday.
Kitchens said he originally held off on accepting the plea to allow for more time to gather information.
According to court documents, Hamby falsely represented herself to use someone else’s debit card at Walmart, Sun Beauty Salon and Dirt Cheap. She also forged a bank employee’s signature and obtained $33,678 from the Churchill Elementary Parent Teacher Association under false pretense, according to the documents.
Kitchens said he would wait until the October court term to sentence Hamby because her son has a medical appointment next month, for which she must be present.
Assistant District Attorney Katie Moulds said the Churchill PTA has continued to receive bills in Hamby’s name, including one from DirecTV and one from Clay County Solid Waste, of which Hamby said she was unaware.
“Forgery is a crime of dishonesty,” Kitchens said. “If more of these things with your name start rolling in, I’m going to have a hard time believing you.”
He said Hamby still owed the PTA about $16,000, as her father paid half of the $33,678 she falsely obtained. Kitchens told Hamby she needed to work hard and honestly to come up with the remainder.
“I don’t get the impression that you regret anything you’ve done,” Kitchens said. “You’re embarrassed because you’ve been caught, and that’s all.”
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