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Jamaican sentenced to 18 months probation in the US for forgery, theft

A Jamaican woman has been sentenced to 18 months probation in Delaware County, Pennsylvania after pleading guilty to forgery and theft charges for stealing US$4,300 from a mentally challenged care-dependent client of her employer.

Tracey Ann Foster, 41, was also ordered to repay more than US$4,000 to the victim under the negotiated guilty plea.

The figure includes interest owed to the victim.

The owner of a home health care agency contacted police in August 2021 after a client reported her checkbook was missing.

It was discovered that three forged checks from the victim's bank account had been issued to Foster, who was an employee of the home health agency and had been at the victim's home more than 200 times since July 2020.

According to online court records, the Jamaican turned herself in to police on October 28 last year and was freed on $20,000 unsecured bail.

She waived a preliminary hearing last month.

In addition to probation and restitution, the judge ordered her to have no contact with the victim and provide a DNA sample to state police.