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Illinois woman found guilty of forgery, theft

JOHNSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

A southern Illinois woman was been found guilty of forgery and theft charges.

According to the state's attorney's office, Jessica D. Helms, 28, formerly of Cypress was convicted of 1 count of forgery and 1 count of theft, both Class 3 felonies.

Helms was sentenced to 18 months probation under the following terms: court costs, $25 per month probation services fee, $1308.21 in restitution, no drugs and random testing, counseling, no contact with the person she stole from, compliance with DNA statutes and 14 days in jail with credit for 14 days served.

The state's attorney says Helms had no prior criminal record at the time of the plea.

The charges stem from a theft of $800, credit cards, photos and computer disks from a Cypress home on May 30.

On June 8 the homeowner was told by his bank he was overdrawn on his account.  The homeowner then confronted Helms about some missing checks and she admitted the forgery, according to the state's attorney.

During an interview with police, Helms admitted to stealing a portable safe and the forgery. She says she then gave the safe to an accomplice. Police say the safe was thrown in a river and never recovered.

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