ELLSWORTH— A judge has ordered a Brooksville woman to serve a year in prison for 11 counts of writing bad checks.
Karen Lewis, 53, appeared before Justice Bruce C. Mallonnee on Aug. 21 in Hancock County Superior Court and waived her right to indictment by a grand jury.
Lewis was represented by attorney Zachary McNally of Hale and Hamlin in Ellsworth.
“Ms. Lewis has accepted full responsibility for her actions and is committed to making the businesses impacted by those actions whole again,” McNally said on Tuesday.
Lewis has a history of convictions for negotiating worthless instruments dating back to at least 2008, according to court records.
“This was an unusual case because she has so many prior convictions and pending cases for the same conduct,” District Attorney Matt Foster said this week. “At one point in this recent run of NWI [negotiating worthless instrument] cases, she was on five sets of bail conditions and still continued to write bad checks.”
Foster said Lewis was writing checks on bank accounts that had been closed.
Also, Lewis has pending cases on charges of writing bad checks in Waldo County and Penobscot County, the prosecutor said.
The last set of bail conditions allowed Lewis to be released to house arrest with an ankle monitor, Foster said.
Two of the most recent cases occurred at businesses in Bucksport — a store and a restaurant — on Nov. 30. Bucksport Police Officer Eric Marcel summoned Lewis on a charge of negotiating a worthless instrument in those incidents, the loss for which totaled $203.80, according to court records.
Foster said Lewis owes total restitution amounts of roughly $4,000.