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Fayette woman given second chance

| Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001

A Fayette County woman accused of defrauding an animal welfare charity out of $2,710 was given a chance at clearing her criminal record Tuesday.

Jennifer Lynn DeFranks, 25, of Uniontown, allegedly forged and cashed five checks at the Fayette County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in August 1999. The checks totaled $2,710.

The former treasurer of the SPCA, DeFranks was charged with forgery, theft and receiving stolen property.

She is accused of forging the name of Susan Carlson Lee on five Second National Bank checks and then cashing them. Lee is the branch manager of the bank and the assistant treasurer of the SPCA, according to court documents.

DeFranks yesterday was placed on Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition, a probationary program for first-time, nonviolent offenders that leaves participants with no criminal record.

DeFranks is the daughter of Deborah A. DeFranks, who is serving a 10- to 23-month sentence for bilking the county out of approximately $60,000. Deborah DeFranks was working as a court stenographer when she overbilled the county for court transcripts.

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