Mount Pleasant police say a 26-year-old woman is facing charges after stealing a relative’s checkbook to pay her car loan and other bills.

Kathleen McCluskey, of Racine, was charged Tuesday with four felonies; forgery, uttering a forgery, identity theft, and bail jumping. She was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of theft. If convicted, McCluskey faces up to 25-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $60,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman called police over the weekend to report that McCluskey – a relative – stole her checkbook and cashed a check for $230 at a check cashing store. McCluskey also took the woman’s driver’s license and tried to obtain an auto loan using the woman’s information. The woman said she caught McCluskey rummaging in a cupboard and knew she should have moved her checkbook because McCluskey has stolen from her before.

Police say that during questioning, McCluskey admitted to taking the checkbook and to forging the woman’s name to cash a check at a check cashing store because she was behind on her car payment. She also said she tried to obtain an auto loan using the woman’s information, but “couldn’t go through with it.”

McCluskey remains in the Racine County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond. She will next be in court March 16 for her preliminary hearing.

 

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