Salem woman pleads guilty to theft, credit card, forgery charges

LISBON – Rebecca H. Stoffer, 36, Oak Street, Salem, pleaded guilty in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to 14 counts of receiving stolen property, 14 counts of forgery and single counts of misuse of a credit card and theft. She faces up to 31 years and six months in prison and a $73,500 fine.

According to court documents, Stoffer on April 5, 2012, at Smith Oil and Giant Eagle, used a stolen bank card belonging to Daela Austrino-Boston to make unauthorized withdraws from a checking account. Then on April 17, 2012, Stoffer reportedly used stolen starter checks for an account belonging to Charles Mahoney and forging them to make unauthorized purchases at Salem businesses, Giant Eagle for $236, Kid-Zone for $55.50 and Fernangel’s Tavern for $100.

Additionally, in April 2012, she took a laptop and iPad 2 belonging to Mahoney and pawned them for cash. On April 23 Stoffer took a bank card belonging to Rachel Kreps to withdraw cash at Chase Bank and Circle K on East State Street in Salem. Stoffer also reportedly took 10 checks belonging to a bank account of Margaret, Cheryl and Larry Siddle and forged them.

On Dec. 2, 2012, Stoffer used a debit card belonging to Linda Sutter to make a $374 purchase at the Salem Walmart, forging the transaction slip.

Sentencing for Stoffer is set for Aug. 5.

Jeremiah J. Kennedy, 31, Tower Road, Salem, pleaded guilty to theft, burglary and two counts each of forgery and receiving stolen property. He faces up to 51 months in prison and $25,000 in fines.

According to court documents, Kennedy deprived Betty McKarns, then 89 years old, of $1,200 in cash on Jan. 10, 2012. Additionally on April 26, 2012, Kennedy trespassed into the home of Robin E. Kenst, North Ellsworth Avenue, Salem, stole a check and forged it. He also reportedly forged a check from the account of Angel M. Gorby. He then gave both checks to his grandmother to cash at Consumer’s Bank in Salem. Sentencing is set for July 8.

Walter T. Talley, 31, Columbus, pleaded guilty to two counts trafficking in drugs for 2.3 grams of crack cocaine sold to a confidential informant on May 4, 2011 for $300 and another 2.3 grams sold on May 10, 2011 for $320. He faces up to 24 months in prison, a 10-year license suspension and a $5,000 fine. Sentencing is set for Aug. 5.