Ithaca, N.Y. — A local woman faces two felony charges after she illegally added two zeroes to a check she was given, police say in Tompkins County Court records.

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Karen Blanchard, 41, of Burdett, has been charged with the felonies second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and third-degree attempted grand larceny.

Blanchard was indicted last week. She is accused of changing a $34 check written for her to $3,400 in June 2013 and was arrested by the Ithaca Police Department, according to court records.

The investigation was conducted by the Cayuga Heights Police Department. When officers contacted the suspect, “Blanchard said that when she realized the mistake with the check she could not fix it because it had been deposited.”

“I asked Blanchard if she would provide me with a voluntary statement of what she told me and she said she would,” Officer James Landon writes in court records. “No further information. To this date I have never been able to make contact with Blanchard.”

Police later said that in an interview on March 10 Blanchard “made admissions” of her guilt in the crime.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.