Stephanie Vaughn enters plea deal in theft case

An Emporia woman accused of financial crimes appeared at a pretrial conference Friday afternoon.
 
Stephanie Vaughn, 43 pleaded no contest to one count of theft by deception, one count of forgery and one count of making false information. As a result of her plea, all other charges against her were dismissed.
 
Vaughn was charged with multiple counts of foregery, making false information and criminal use of a financial card. An Emporia Police Department investigation showed Vaughn wrote fraudulent checks totaling more than $19,000 and used a financial card belonging to Heartland Office Systems totaling close to $7,200 between Aug. 2015 and April 2016.
 
Judge Jeffry Larson said Friday that the state is requesting a 60-day jail sentence, served in three-week increments, with a one-week break in between so the defendant does not lose her eligibility to social security disability insurance. The plea agreement includes an extended probation of three years plus Vaughn would be required to make payments as restitution.
 
Sentencing has been set for July 20 at 9:30 a.m.