ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A veteran clerical worker has pleaded guilty to 20 counts of offering forged checks made with information she obtained at her job at the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Prosecutors say 47-year-old Terri Lynn Brennan of St. Paul made copies of real checks that businesses sent in for fines, then used the information on them to create fake checks on her home computer.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports she entered the plea in Ramsey County on Tuesday. A plea agreement calls for a year in jail and a stayed prison sentence of about four years.

The criminal complaint lists 29 checks worth $17,700.

Brennan’s attorney told Judge Joanne Smith that Brennan got involved in the scheme to pay for her methamphetamine addiction but is now clean.

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Comments (5)
  1. Jake says:

    Gee, THANKS, Minnesota state workers….. So this is what and where my hard-earned tax dollars go to pay for.. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside….
    No, I don’t think that most state workers fall into this category, but it makes me wonder if this is an isolated incident or a widespread problem. I guess I would feel better if a judge gave her a harsh sentance, BUT, I’mj not holding my breath.

    1. Truth says:

      Jake, This is an isolated event. Regardless whether she was a public employee or not she had a drug problem. Do not criticize a whole group of dedicated public employees based on one person. In every work place there is someone with a drug problem. The court of law caught up with her and she will now pay the price.

  2. Cindy says:

    Once you are on the Meth you are never “clean”. The relapse rate is 90%. It never did say if she lost her job. I’ll bet she will be back on the good old MN state worker payroll in no time… Meth heads can never ever be trusted again…

    1. Sandy says:

      I beg to differ, I have seen many Meth addicts turn their life around and stay clean. Granted it is one of the toughest additions to beat but it can be done and they can stay clean.

  3. Lucinda says:

    …and what the heck kind of a job is that where you can do it while on Meth? I thought all public union worker jobs were so much more demanding then the private sector…. shows what a joke most public union worker jobs really are..

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