May 15, 2013

Alleged drug offender charged with forgery


---- — PLATTSBURGH — A Morrisonville woman arrested in April for allegedly selling heroin is now being charged with forging checks.

State Police received the fraud complaint on April 22, the same day Vanessa L. Kriplin, 29, was indicted on felony charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to a State Police blotter entry.

A local woman employed Kriplin to do work in her home, paying her $8 at the end of each morning she worked, Plattsburgh-based State Police said.

Police believe Kriplin changed $8 to $80 on seven of the checks her employer gave her and cashed them.

A warrant was issued for Kriplin’s arrest, and she was charged with seven counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a felony, and with petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

She was arraigned before Plattsburgh Town Court Judge Kevin Patnode and sent back to Clinton County Jail, according to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.

Kriplin is also incarcerated on a charge of aggravated unlicensed operation from April 25, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Kriplin, who also goes by the name Vanessa Robinson, was originally arrested because she allegedly sold heroin in the City of Plattsburgh on Nov. 26, 2012.

Clinton County Judge Patrick McGill set her bail last month for the drug charges at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

If convicted on those charges, Kriplin could be sentenced to up to nine years in state prison.

She remained incarcerated in the Clinton County Jail on Saturday.

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