Riverton woman charged with forging nearly $80k in checks

(Riverton, Wyo.) – A 44-year-old Riverton woman is facing seven felony charges relating her allegedly forging 36 checks totaling nearly $80,000.

Lauri Nantt is charged with five counts of forgery, one charge of felony larceny and one charge of felony theft. Each charge carries penalties of up to 10 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines. All seven charges were bound over to Wyoming’s Ninth District Court on Dec. 19.

According to the affidavit written by Riverton Police Sgt. Det. Todd Byerly, officers were contacted in late October by a son of Norman Ferrell, who believed numerous checks were written on his father’s account without his permission. Ferrell is deceased, the court documents state.

“The checks were written between June 2, 2013 and October 22, 2013 and totaled approximately $80,000,” states the affidavit. “Each check purported to be signed by Norman Ferrell, however each check identified Lauri Nantt as payee.”

Reportedly during an interview on Oct. 31, Nantt admitted to writing and signing two checks, as well as writing but not signing 14 others. During a Nov. 8 interview, the court documents state, “Nantt admitted to writing out and depositing or cashing” 25 other checks.

All of the checks listed in the affidavit add up to $78,824.

“During Nantt’s interviews on October 31, 2013, and November 8, 2013, Nantt admitted that she did not have authority to issue any of the checks referenced,” states the affidavit.

Nantt’s bond was set at $10,000 cash, and she has been released after paying half the amount. An arraignment in the case has not yet been set.