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Woman gets probation for bad checks

Tribune News Service

MINDEN – A 29-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman was placed on five years probation Tuesday for two felony counts of credit card fraud and forging checks.

District Judge Dave Gamble told Shannon Burns this was her last chance to straighten out her life.

She admitted fraudulent use of a credit card and using forged checks and was ordered to repay nearly $9,000 restitution.

She is serving a 12-month sentence in Douglas County Jail on two misdemeanor drug charges in connection with her arrest. She could have received up to eight years in prison and a $10,000 fine on the felony charges.

Burns’ lawyer, Teri Roeser, said her client had come a long way from “having the worst tracks on her arms that I’d ever seen.”

She said Burns’ addiction to methamphetamine cost her everything including her children.

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“Her main desire is to get off drugs and remain sober the rest of her life,” Roeser said.

She said Burns wanted to relocate from South Lake Tahoe where she has lived for 16 years to Fallon to be closer to her sponsor and the treatment center where she may work as a cook.

“Ms. Burns is a constant reminder of the stranglehold methamphetamine has and what lengths those people will go to feed that habit,” said prosecutor Mark Jackson.

Burns apologized for her crimes.

“I want to say I am sorry for all the pain and heartache I caused the victims,” she said. “I do intend to pay these people back 100 percent.”

Gamble directed Roeser to see if Justice Richard Glasson would modify Burns’ sentence so she could serve her time in a residential treatment program.

During her probation, she must abstain from drugs and alcohol, stay out of casinos and is not allowed to have credit cards or a checking account.

“This is a one-shot deal,” Gamble said. “If you come back for using methamphetamine or stealing stuff, you’re going to prison.”