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An Orangeburg woman is accused of altering checks over the course of several months in 2017.

Stacy Marie Smith Martin of 1888 Kennerly Road has been charged with 10 counts of forgery.

Warrants accuse the 41-year-old woman of altering checks over the course of eight months.

The warrants state that the checks were made out to her husband from another person’s business account. She allegedly altered the check totals before she deposited them.

The business owner reported on Dec. 12, 2017 that his bank alerted him to possible fraudulent activity on his account, according to an Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

He told deputies that he went to the bank and noticed that there were multiple checks with altered amounts, check numbers and dates.

For example, in one instance one check for $185 was allegedly altered to $445.

The incident report states that the total amount of forged checks processed through the bank was $6,654.

Deputies spoke with Martin’s husband.

Her husband told deputies that he didn’t know anything about the allegations because his wife handled the financial affairs, the report states.

If convicted, each count of forgery carries a maximum penalty of a court-imposed fine, five years in prison or both.

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Crime Reporter

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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