Ludington woman admits she forged grandmother’s checks for drug money.

December 4, 2017

Tresa Anderson with her attorney, Timothy Hayes.

Ludington woman admits she forged grandmother’s checks for drug money.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 26-year-old Ludington woman with a lengthy criminal history testified in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Dec. 4, that she forged her grandmother’s checks to get money to buy drugs.

Tresa Brianna Anderson, of 6225 S. Brye Rd., was facing up to life in prison, because she was charged as a fourth-offense habitual offender.

Anderson pleaded guilty to one count of forgery, and in exchange, two additional counts of forgery and the fourth-offense habitual offender designation were dismissed. Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon is recommending a prison term of one year and one day for her crime.

Anderson was accused of forging three of her grandmother’s checks totaling $320.

Forgery is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 10-23 months. Her sentence will run consecutively to the case for which she is currently on parole, said Judge Robert D. Springstead.

Anderson has served previous prison terms for convictions of organized retail crime act violation in Muskegon County; uttering and publishing in Oceana County; and two forgery convictions in Mason County, according to the Offender Tracking Information System (OTIS).

She testified that all her previous convictions stem from her drug problem

“I used it for drugs,” she testified about the money acquired when she forged her grandmother’s checks. “I’ve had a drug problem since I was 13.”

“I lost my mother to a drug overdose,” she said as she wept. “My father has struggled with addiction. I don’t want this anymore. I’m fed up with the lifestyle. I found out it’s OK to not make myself feel numb anymore.”

Sentencing is set for Jan. 29 at 9:30 a.m.

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