Greensburg woman reaches deal to repay 67 bad checks
By Bob Stiles
Published: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
A Greensburg woman reached a plea agreement with prosecutors on Thursday that will give her time to begin repaying more than $25,000 in bad checks she wrote in 2008, her attorney said.
Rahna E. Doerfler, 41, had been living out of state and turned herself in when she returned to the area and learned there was a warrant for her arrest, her attorney said.
State and Greensburg police charged Doerfler with writing bad checks between January and May of 2008 for sewing machines, groceries, a down payment on a car and other items in Westmoreland and Allegheny counties, according to court papers.
Doerfler passed 67 bad checks totaling $23,922 in the first half of 2008, according to a criminal complaint that state police filed that year. She wrote the checks from two bank accounts, authorities said.
Doerfler used one check to purchase two sewing machines and two thread packs for $5,287 and wrote another for $3,000 as a down payment on a 2003 Nissan Altima at a Hempfield car dealership, state police Trooper Jason Swope said.
Greensburg police charged her with writing about $2,200 worth of bad checks to a local boutique.
Under the terms of the agreement, she will plead guilty to writing bad checks, assistant public defender Anthony Bompiani said.
A county judge must accept the agreement before it can take effect.
“It's going to be a probation case, but a time frame hasn't been established yet,” Bompiani said. “The goal is to get back the restitution.”
Bompiani said Doerfler had been living in the West and was unaware that she was wanted by local authorities.
“It's not something she's running from,” he added.
She remains free on $10,000 unsecured bond.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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