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Madden Gives Wells Probation

By Staff | Dec 24, 2008

Melissa A. Lallathin Wells, 45, of P. O. Box 53, Proctor, was placed on two years probation Dec. 12 after pleading guilty to uttering, count five of a six-count indictment returned by Wetzel County Grand Jurors Sept. 9.

Judge John T. Madden issued the probation in Wetzel County Circuit Court after he suspended the sentence of one to five years in the West Virginia Penitentiary for Women. She is also ordered to pay $467 restitution and all costs of prosecution including court appointed attorney fees.

The charges stemmed from the alleged forgery and cashing of two checks on or about Feb. 25 and 26 in the amounts of $200 and $267 made out to Sally Ellington from the account of Jean D. Dailey.

“I took the checks and cashed them,” admitted Wells in court.

The other five counts, two of misappropriation of funds of an elder person; two of forgery; and one of uttering; were dismissed.