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Bedford woman charged with felony forgery

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By Phyllis McLaughlin

A Bedford woman was arraigned in Trimble County Circuit Court Tuesday, April 28, on two counts of second-degree for gery, a Class C felony.

Tonia Burton, 34, of Burton Hill Road, pleaded not guilty to both counts.

Trimble County Sheriff Tim Coons arrested Burton on April 17 on warrants from the county attorney’s office. Charges were filed against her by a former employer, Dennis M. Hawkins, who alleges that Burton forged his signature on two checks drawing money from an account for his business, James Welding Service in Bedford.

According to court records, Burton allegedly cashed a check for $1,355.78 that had been made out to Merrill Lynch at Carrollton Federal Bank in Carrollton. She allegedly cashed another check with Hawkins’ forged signature from the same account for $227.23. That check was made out to a Robert Holly.

Burton had been released after posting $2,500 cash bond on each charge.

A preliminary hearing is set for June 9 in the Trimble County Courthouse.

Sandy Hawkins, an employee at James Welding, said Burton had worked for the company for two years.

“Everyone here was quite shocked” by the allegations, Sandy Hawkins said in a telephone interview Wednesday, April 29.