Housekeeper faces charges in theft

ESCANABA – A 57-year-old Escanaba woman – accused of altering her paycheck for housekeeping for a Gladstone resident in 2012 – is scheduled to appear in Delta County Circuit Court on Monday.

Donna Mae Smith, of 500 S. 30th St., Escanaba, was recently bound over to circuit court on one count of uttering and publishing. The felony carries a maximum punishment of 14 years in prison.

The charge stems from a Gladstone incident involving the alleged alteration of a $4,957.96 check dated Dec. 18, 2012, from her employer.

Smith was originally arrested on two counts of uttering and publishing. Count one related to the $4,957.96 check and count two related to an Oct. 4, 2012, check for $1,950.92. Count one was bound over to circuit court on March 7, 2014.

Following Smith’s arrest at the Delta County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 19, 2014, she was released from police custody the same day after she posted a $5,000 cash bond.

Smith is scheduled to appear in circuit court for a pretrial conference hearing or a plea on Monday morning.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143,