NOWATA COUNTY – A Bartlesville woman faces several counts of second degree forgery after she tried to pass bogus checks, the Nowata County Sheriff's Department said Friday.
Lola Sue Ritter, 47, faces four counts of second degree forgery for attempting to forge four checks to a Coffeyville business on January 14, 2011. According to deputies, the checks totaled more than $130.
Ritter, who according to deputies also goes by Lola Sue Dossey, is also charged with one count of second degree forgery in another case. Deputies said she forged a check for $800 to buy a 1992 Ford extended cab pickup truck on January 15, 2011.
Deputies said Ritter signed the checks using the name Etta Raines with an address in Bartlesville. They say the bank told them that account had been closed so long it was no longer in the system.
According to court documents, Ritter is also a suspect in the theft of a 1991 GMC Jimmy near the town of Welch. Deputies believe she used a forged $1,000 check to buy the vehicle from a man who was selling it for his parents.
If convicted, Ritter faces up to seven years in prison for each count. If you've seen Ritter, call the Nowata County Sheriff's Office.