April R. Hardegen, 23, New London, is charged with three counts of forgery uttering and one count of misdemeanor theft.
On Dec. 6, 2013, Sgt. Tom Algiers, with the New London Police Department, met with a woman who reported that three of her checks had been stolen and cashed without her permission.
She did not recognize the woman whose name appeared on two of the checks, but it appeared that her granddaughter, Hardegen, had endorsed one of the checks. Hardegen had been at her home during Thanksgiving.
Officer Nick Kamba interviewed Hardegen at the jail on Jan. 13, 2014.
According to the criminal complaint, Hardegen told Kamba she cashed only one of the checks herself at a convenience store in Keshena. She said she gave the other checks to a friend in exchange for Suboxone strips.
Hardegen was sentenced to 18 months in state prison in January 2012 after being convicted of criminal escape in Shawano County.
She was also convicted of two counts of forgery uttering, theft and bail jumping on Oct. 24, 2011, in Shawano County, and placed on four years of probation.