- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A former Maricopa County probation officer has pleaded guilty in a fraudulent check-forging scheme that targeted dozens of people on probation, costing them a total of $18,000.

The Attorney General’s Office says Mary Ellen Beck faces three years in prison when she’s sentenced Nov. 9 after pleading guilty Monday to fraud and forgery charges.

The office says an investigation found that Beck between August 2012 and May 2015 took 95 money orders from probationers intended for payment to the court clerk and deposited the money into her personal bank account.

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