Nelsonville Woman Charged With 5 Felonies

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Paula K. Collins, 54, of Nelsonville, has been charged with five felony offenses including aggravated theft, telecommunications fraud, forgery, identity fraud, and tampering with evidence.

According to the indictment filed in May in Hocking County Common Pleas Court, Collins is accused of theft from Ed Green Electric, an area electrical contractor.

According to court documents, beginning on or about Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, Collins allegedly with the purpose to deprive Ed Green Electric of its property, did knowingly obtain and exert control over Green’s property without consent in the amount of $166,244.50; aggravated theft, a felony of the third-degree.

Collins also is accused of devising a scheme to defraud Green Electric; telecommunications fraud. During the same period of time, she allegedly took multiple checks issued from Ed Green Electric and forged them. The loss or value of the checks is more than $100,000.

The indictment further states that Collins, without consent from Green Electric, possessed personal identification information with the intent to hold the person out to be the other person. The value of the credit, property, services, debt or other legal obligation involved in this offense is more than $100,000.

According to the paperwork, Collins also tried to destroy all documentation of her actions once she discovered an official investigation was being conducted.

A motion hearing has been scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday in Hocking County Common Pleas Court; pre-trial 2:15 p.m., July 29; and jury trial is scheduled for 9 a.m., Aug. 12.