BY JEANNE GRIMES

Staff Writer

High school proms are important – but not enough to justify writing a hot check.

Victoria Lee Goertzen, 41, of Tuttle, is charged in Grady County District Court with a felony charge of obtaining cash or merchandise by bogus check.

Between June 2009 and April 30, 2011, Goertzen allegedly wrote four hot checks for amounts totaling $950.92.

The checks were written to Williams Foods, $480; Ted’s Grocery, $100 and $51.92; and Nhp Royal Nails, $319.

According to an affidavit filed by Julie Shrader, who works in the Bogus Check Division of the Grady County District Attorney’s office, Goertzen admitted to her that she knew she didn’t have funds to cover the check she wrote at Nhp Royal Nails, “but that it was for prom.”

Shrader also wrote in the affidavit that Goertzen failed to complete the terms of a deferred prosecution agreement in connection to the $480 bad check to Williams Foods.

If convicted of the felony bogus check charge, Goertzen could face up to a year in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Goertzen’s bond was set at $2,000 and she will have a preliminary hearing conference at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 3.

A closed checking account resulted in 21-year-old Brian Thomas Doro, Chickasha, being charged in Grady County District Court with second degree forgery – a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.

He allegedly forged the signature of Pearl Wright on a check drawn on a closed bank account, using it to purchase $479.03 worth of tools from Chickasha Lumber on Friday morning. Store Manager Dusty Emerson told police Doro handed the clerk a check bearing the names Pearl Wright and Rebecca Doro and already made out to the store and signed. The cashier wrote Doro’s name and driver’s license number on the back of the check and Emerson later called First State Bank in Anadarko to verify the check, learning the account was closed.

Around 4:30 p.m. Friday, Doro reportedly went back to Chickasha Lumber and tried to return the items. When police questioned Doro, he said his grandmother and mother had asked him to purchase tools for his father, but he had bought the wrong items. However, both women refuted that story and Wright said the checking account had been closed for some time.

Bond for Doro was set at $2,500 and his preliminary hearing conference will be at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 3.

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