DuBOIS — A Reynoldsville woman, charged with 99 counts of bad checks and 221 counts of summary notary violations, waived her right to a preliminary hearing Friday before District Judge Patrick Ford of DuBois.
On July 10, state police in Clearfield charged Heather Nicole Woodel, 33, Reynoldsville with a felony count of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds, 99 counts of writing bad checks, and 221 counts of summary notary violations.
Between Mach 31, 2016, and July 7, 2017, Woodel allegedly accepted payments from customers at Ace Notary Services for vehicle titles and registrations and failed to submit the money and paperwork to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation within 20 days as required, resulting in customers not receiving their vehicle titles or registrations.
When the paperwork was submitted, it was submitted with bad checks written by Woodel.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the total amount of 99 checks the defendant admitted to signing and/or submitted to PennDOT is $14,355.06 and the amount of the 19 checks dated July 7, 2017, that the defendant did not sign is $2,152.10. The total amount that she allegedly failed to submit is $16,507.16.
Due to the defendant failing to submit the vehicle transactions and payment to PennDOT within the required 20 days, customers experienced long delays in receiving their titles and/or registrations for their vehicles, the affidavit said.
According to the affidavit, when interviewed by state police, Woodel allegedly admitted to using money that her customers paid her for vehicle titles and registrations for her own personal debts and not submitting it to PennDOT. She said that she would then use money from new customers to pay for the vehicle transactions from older customers. She said that eventually she got further behind and did not have the money to pay for the transactions, therefore, she did not submit them to PennDOT. She said she was aware of all the bad checks and signed them, except for the 19 checks that were dated July 7, 2017. She related that she did not sign those checks and was unaware that they were submitted to PennDOT with the vehicle transactions. She related that after PennDOT terminated her contract, she could not deal with it and just walked away without attempting to complete all the transactions that she failed to submit.
Unsecured bail was set at $10,000. The case will be sent to the Clearfield County Court of Common Pleas for further disposition.