Cornelius pleaded guilty Feb. 15 to the single count. According to terms of the plea agreement, two additional counts of forgery were dismissed at sentencing.
Cornelius admitted she tried to cash three fraudulent checks between Aug. 16 and 17 at different 3 Rivers Credit Union branches. On Aug. 16, Cornelius opened a checking account with a $25 cash deposit. On Aug. 17, she tried to cash the three checks at the various branches. Cornelius received $500 of the first check, for $985.75, with the remainder put into her account on a four-day hold. The second check for $917 was cashed, and the third check for $949.42 was placed on hold. All three checks were found to be fraudulent, according to a probable-cause affidavit.
Cornelius has 51 days' jail credit and was ordered to pay $1,442 in restitution to 3 Rivers Credit Union.