Allen convicted of issuing dishonored checks

Tracie Lee Allen, 42, Randall, was convicted in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of issuing dishonored checks.

Allen wrote seven checks to Coborn’s Store in Little Falls between June 4 and June 6, 2011, totalling $320.43. She also wrote a check to Cash Wise Store in St. Cloud for $219.84 June 3, 2011.

All the checks written to Coborn’s and Cash Wise were returned for insufficient funds. A notice and demand for payment was sent to Allen June 28, 2011, but there was no response.

On June 25, 2011, Allen wrote a check to Companions Animal Hospital in Stearns County for $170.25. It was returned for insufficient funds.

The hospital sent a notice and demand for payment, but Allen did not respond.

The Little Falls Police Department contacted Allen by telephone. She acknowledged writing the checks but said there was something wrong with her account and that deposits were not properly put into her account. She also denied receiving any of the letters demanding payment.

Allen was sentenced Dec. 14, to 13 months in prison, stayed for five years and was given credit for the 26 days she spent in jail. She was fined  $135, ordered to pay restitution of $1,239.42 and given five years of probation.

Assistant Morrison County Attorney Todd Kosovich said the average felony case takes nine months. But, he said the reason it took the courts more than a year to convict Allen was because she failed to show up for three of her scheduled hearings and finally had to be arrested.