Transient sentenced in check-cashing scam |

Transient sentenced in check-cashing scam

A meth addict who allegedly passed off a check stolen from a dead woman received a jail sentence this week that drew the ire of her victim, the owner of a check-cashing business.

Sharon Purington said the $4,500 check passed off to her check-cashing business was stolen from a dead woman.

Kristen S. Bardwell, a 26-year-old transient who Purington said cashed the check, was sentenced Monday to a total of 360 days in jail for counts of forgery, stolen property and use of personal identifying information in the name of another person.

Bardwell has been credited for already serving 210 days of the jail time. She pleaded no contest to the offenses on Dec. 20.

Businesses in Alta Sierra and Grass Valley were out thousands of dollars from the checks, which ranged from $24 to $4,500.

Purington complained about the lack of jail time for Bardwell during Monday’s court hearing.

Purington said she had been watching Bardwell for the last two years. And now that she had her day in court, Purington said Bardwell had a “big smile.”

“I should get my money back and every person she stole from should,” said Purington, owner of Smiley’s Services, a Grass Valley check- cashing business.

Judge Ersel Edwards explained that the court still wants Bardwell to come back as a productive member of society.

Court records show Bardwell used methamphetamine daily, which she claims distorted her judgment.

The records also showed she used marijuana on a daily basis if she could get it.

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