Police: Woman paid court with stolen check

An Altoona woman faces charges after she allegedly forged stolen checks, including a $150 payment to a city District Court.

Angelina Kay Reed, 24, of 921 E. Fourth St., is accused of stealing two checks from an Altoona couple, who are the parents of a friend, earlier this year, according to Altoona police.

Reed allegedly wrote a $550 check to the Altoona Water Authority and a $150 check to Magisterial District Judge Todd Kelly’s office. The alleged victim reported the theft to Altoona police in early April and said the checks were forged with his wife’s signature, except that she never writes any checks on the account.

Police noted the signature didn’t match the wife’s signature on other documents.

Police said the victim confronted Reed, who reportedly confessed and gave him a $700 check to pay back the money. When the man tried to cash it, Reed’s bank declined, and after he took it to his bank, he learned Reed’s account had insufficient funds to cover the check, according to police.

Reed faces felony forgery and misdemeanor counts of identity theft, theft, receiving stolen property and bad checks. Reed remains free on a $7,500 unsecured bond is due to appear at Central Court for a preliminary hearing May 7.