East Hampton woman pleads guilty to forging checks in Cheshire

East Hampton woman pleads guilty to forging checks in Cheshire


CHESHIRE — An East Hampton woman already serving a prison sentence pleaded guilty to a forgery charge Thursday after she allegedly attempted to pass a forged check for almost $800.

Gail Saltus, 53, of 18 Middletown Ave., was charged by warrant on Thursday with three counts of second-degree forgery and one count of third-degree identity theft. During her arraignment in Meriden Superior Court Thursday, she pleaded guilty to second-degree forgery. The judge sentenced her to a suspended three year prison sentence, followed by two years probation. She was ordered to pay $795 in restitution as part of the agreement.

On Jan. 27, 2016, Cheshire police received a report from a resident of fraudulent checks cashed from a bank account, according to the arrest warrant. After investigating, police determined Saltus cashed the two checks, totaling $795. The warrant states that Saltus is known to drive around neighborhoods during the day, looking in residential mailboxes.

Saltus would find bills or credit card payments and obtain people’s information to open lines of credit and pass bad checks, the warrant noted.

Saltus was previously convicted out of multiple jurisdictions for charges including third-degree identity theft, third-degree larceny and sixth-degree larceny. She is currently serving a 30 month prison sentence.

— Lauren Sievert


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