BEAVER FALLS, Pennsylvania — She thought she’d fool them with the old fake your own death to avoid going to jail trick.
A 21-year-old Pennsylvania woman wanted for writing $15,000 worth of bad checks appears to have tried to submit a bogus obit for herself to a local newspaper.
The Beaver County Times says it received an obituary for Anastasia Kline via email on Wednesday, stating that the young woman had died “unexpectedly.”
But when a reporter called the number attached to the obit, they reached Kline’s grandmother who said she was alive and well. They then checked with local coroner’s and medical examiner’s offices and could find no record of Kline’s death.
The paper did not publish the obit.
Kline was charged in November for stealing $15,000 but remains at large. Police said she had initially walked into a bank 60 miles from her home and opened an account and then cashed bogus checks for thousands of dollars at various branches.
She was charged with 18 counts of forgery and nine counts of theft and writing bad checks.