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St. Anthony woman charged with grand theft after police say she wrote unauthorized checks

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Fremont County Courthouse. | EastIdahoNews.com file photo

UPDATE

ASHTON — The Fremont County Prosecutors office dismissed the felony charge against 58-year-old Leslie Walker.

ORIGINAL STORY

ASHTON — A St. Anthony woman is accused of writing checks on a business account without permission.

Leslie Walker, 58, wrote two checks, one for $300 and another for $196.25 on the business account of Disaster Restoration in 2015, according to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by EastIdahoNews.com. The criminal complaint shows she is only being charged for the $300 check.

Walker is charged with one felony count of grand theft because a check is involved.

A detective with the Ashton Police Department initiated the complaint against Walker in November 2019 after the owners of the company provided evidence Walker wrote the fraudulent checks, according to court documents. They also provided proof Walker’s name was not authorized to write the checks.

On July 1, 2015, Walker allegedly wrote the $300 check written to herself before cashing the check. In the second incident, Walker allegedly wrote the other check on Feb. 5, 2015, for $196.25 to a local company she had ties to.

Lenn Hossner, an attorney representing Walker, says complaints against his client are not credible.

He explains that Leslie Walker, and her husband Marty, were business partners with Justin and Brooke Hunter, the current owners of Disaster Restoration. The business partnership later dissolved, but the Walkers kept access to the line of credit used to start the business.

Hossner says the money that Walker is accused of stealing belonged to her.

He also explained there is an active civil lawsuit between the Hunters and the Walkers.

Walker was not arrested and was issued a summons to appear for her arraignment April 22.

If convicted, Walker could be ordered to spend one to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay a $1,000 to $5,000 fine.

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