SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A local woman yesterday admitted she used forged transaction slips and a forged check to take money from her father’s Empower FCU account.

Marie Sprague, 30, pleaded guilty in state court to two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Sprague used transaction slips in her father’s name on June 4 and June 7 to withdraw money from her father’s credit union account and cashed a check in her father’s name on July 11 at a Wegmans supermarket, according to court records. The records did not include amounts.

Sprague was ordered to complete a court-ordered drug treatment. If she successfully completes that program she will be allowed to withdraw her guilty pleas to the felonies and instead plead guilty to misdemeanors. If she is not successful she could face a minimum of one to three years and a maximum of 2 1/3 to seven years in state prison.


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