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Tahoe man sentenced on bad check charge

MINDEN – A 33-year-old South Lake Tahoe man serving a sentence in San Quentin Prison was ordered Monday to serve four years in Nevada State Prison for writing checks on the account of an 83-year-old man.

David Kennedy was ordered to pay $1,175 restitution. He pleaded guilty to uttering a forged instrument, a felony.

District Judge Michael Gibbons ordered the sentence to be served concurrent to Kennedy’s California sentence.

He will be returned to Nevada State Prison at the conclusion of his California term.

“He has a criminal history he’s not proud of,” said lawyer Tod Young who represented Kennedy.

“Mr. Kennedy was out of control and acting out of desperation. He owed money and was fearful,” Young said.

“Since you are already serving a prison sentence, that’s the only reason you’re not getting a longer sentence,” Gibbons said. “I find it hard to believe you’ve never been offered treatment.”

Gibbons said if Kennedy did not stop using drugs, he was going to be in and out of prison the rest of his life.

In other court action:

n A former California resident who admitted taking more than $6,000 from a Texas man she met at a Stateline casino was ordered Tuesday to make restitution at $225 a month.

Deborah Cutajar, 38, admitted taking cash and chips from the Austin, Texas, man she had met the night before.

According to court reports, the victim allowed Cutajar to stay in his room. He left early the next morning to go hunting and when he returned, the money was missing from his hotel room safe.

She pleaded guilty to felony attempted grand larceny.

District Judge Dave Gamble sentenced Cutajar to 28 months in Nevada State Prison, suspended, and placed her on three years probation.

She is forbidden to enter a gambling establishment and must undergo counseling and attend at least three 12-step meetings a week.

“This is very embarrassing,” Cutajar said. “I feel bad for what I did to (the victim) and for making up a story that could have hurt one of the employees. I wish it had never happened.”

Cutajar said she has moved to Ohio to live with her sister.

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