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Weirton woman sentenced in forgery case

There was a debate in court Monday over the right punishment for the woman who forged $28,000 worth of checks from her elderly employers. The prosecutor called it "a very calculating scheme," after Debora Salata first forged checks, then withdrawal slips, and finally temporary checks.

There was a debate in court Monday over the right punishment for the woman who forged $28,000 worth of checks from her elderly employers.

The prosecutor called it "a very calculating scheme," after Debora Salata first forged checks, then withdrawal slips, and finally temporary checks.

Salata had been previously convicted of two counts of "forgery and uttering" after swindling the elderly couple who hired her to clean their home.

“And it saddens me that no one will look at my mother as the survivor she had to be, but rather they're going to look at her as a criminal for the one act she committed,” Salata’s daughter, Chelsea Vandine said.

At her sentencing, Salata's daughter told the judge about the hardships her mother endured, and asked that she be given treatment for a gambling addiction, and be required to do community service instead of prison-time.

“You understand it was multiple acts,” Hancock County Circuit Court Judge Jason Cuomo said. “This elderly couple trusted her, and took her into their home, gave her a job when she needed it. She stole from them."

Attorneys on both sides added their arguments, and Salata herself apologized.

“I'm just asking for forgiveness and grace from everybody so I can get back to my community and help others in any way I can,” she said.

She was sentenced to 2-20 years in prison. He did not order restitution, saying Salata would never be able to repay it.

However, the victims had been reimbursed by the bank.

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