Logan woman who passed false checks sent back to jail for violating probation

LOGAN — A 41-year-old Logan woman who stole money from at least nine local businesses and then tried to run before being sentenced to a drug rehab program, has been sent back to jail. Tori C. Searle was ordered to serve up to a year behind bars for failing to pay restitution and comply with her probation.

Searle appeared in 1st District Court Monday morning after being arrested two-and-a-half weeks ago. A warrant had been issued after she failed to report to her probation officer and wasn’t making payments to her victims.

In January 2016, Searle wrote checks that had belonged to a man who had passed away. She then cashed those checks at numerous businesses. She was charged with one count of money laundering, a second-degree felony, two counts of theft by deception and 33 counts of forgery, all third-degree felonies.

Later that year, Searle accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to all charges. As part of the agreement, the charges were suspended if she successfully completed Drug Court, a weekly supervised treatment program, and paid $2,381 back to the businesses.

Defense attorney Shannon Demler said Searle had moved to Utah County after completing the rehab program. She had been in phone contact with her probation officer but had not been able to meet with them.

Judge Thomas Willmore ordered Searle to remain in jail and granted her work release. He told her, he would consider releasing her early if she pays back the full amount of money she stole. She was ordered to appear again in court on December 17.


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