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GREAT FALLS — A 39-year-old Wolf Point woman has been sentenced to a year in federal prison and ordered to pay nearly $35,000 in restitution to a Nashua-area man for stealing his checkbook and forging his signature on checks.

Tonya Patrice Thomas was sentenced on the bank fraud charge Monday by District Judge Sam Haddon. He also sentenced Thomas to three years of supervised release.

Prosecutors say Thomas became involved with the victim and took his checkbook in July 2009. In about five months, officials say she wrote nearly $35,000 in fraudulent checks.

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