Woman pleads guilty in forgery case

URBANA — An Urbana woman with a history of deceptive practice convictions was sentenced to four years in prison for her latest.

Norma J. Carroll, 44, who listed an address in the 1600 block of Olympian Road, pleaded guilty in April to burglary, admitting that she went into the Illini Currency Exchange, 1304 N. Prospect Ave., Champaign, on Feb. 18 intending to cash a forged check.

The check, which turned out to be a fake, was purported to have been written by Parkland College trustee Thomas Bennett for $4,989 to Carroll. She received cash and money orders in return for the check, court records said.

Although Carroll was found eligible for probation under the drug court program, Judge Tom Difanis sentenced her to prison.

He noted her five prior convictions for deceptive practices, unlawful use of a debit card, misuse of a credit card and writing bad checks, in addition to others for possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence, driving under suspension, and the purchase of cocaine.

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