A Brazil couple was recently arrested amid allegations they stole and forged checks from a local business.
According to information provided by the Clay County Justice Center, Tracey Rene Williams, 37, and her husband Curtis Dwayne Williams, 40, were taken into custody on an arrest warrant for theft Jan. 28. Both were issued cash bonds of $7,000 (no 10 percent allowed).
According to information in the probably cause affidavit, Tracey is alleged to have physically taken unauthorized possession of five checks from an undisclosed local business sometime during Jan. 21-28.
Tracey allegedly forged the checks so that she could cash four of them, while Curtis Dwayne allegedly cashed the fifth check. Officials allege the couple cashed the checks at local banks for a total of more than $2,700 in a single week.
When the courts reopened Friday after being closed because of the recent ice storm, the couple appeared in court to be formally charged.
Tracey appeared by video conference to enter a not guilty plea before Clay Superior Court Judge J. Blaine Akers on Friday.
She was formally charged with five counts of class C felony Forgery and four counts of class D felony Theft.
Matt Effner was appointed as public defender in the case, which was set for a jury trial April 13. Akers also set a $7,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed) to run consecutive with any other bonds filed against Tracey.
Curtis appeared in custody to be advised of his rights, the charges filed against him and the potential penalties if convicted. He entered a not guilty plea in the matter and requested a fast and speedy trial, which was granted.
Effner was appointed as counsel, bond was ordered to remain the same and Curtis Dwayne was ordered to appear in court for further proceedings on Feb. 14.
A jury trial was scheduled for April 11.
Akers also ordered that if Curtis were able to post bond, he was to sign a waiver of extradition with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, appear for all court proceedings and obey all laws.
According to court records, Curtis Dwayne Williams, who is also currently listed as an "active" sexually violent predator on the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry, is allegedly serving probation in the same court for an unrelated offense.
On Friday evening, Clay County Justice Center officials confirmed the couple was in the custody of the Clay County Sheriff's Department to await further court proceedings.