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Woman charged with car theft, forgery
Kimberly Christine Peterman

OKEECHOBEE—A woman with a lengthy criminal history has been arrested on felony charges that include exploitation of the elderly.

Kimberly Christine Peterman, 26, Okeechobee, was arrested Saturday, Nov. 3, on felony charges of grand theft auto, uttering a forged instrument (five counts), scheme to defraud and exploitation of the elderly.

She is being held in the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $27,500.

Peterman, who was released from a state prison in 2010, was arrested after she reportedly took five checks from an elderly man then filled them out, signed the man’s name and cashed them. Those five checks allegedly totaled $854.50, stated an arrest report by Sergeant Justin Bernst of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD).

Sgt. Bernst stated in his report that he was called to a local bank Saturday afternoon in regard to a woman, Peterman, wanting to cash a check that bank employees believed to be forged.

While speaking with Peterman, Sgt. Bernst stated that the woman asked if she could get a cigarette from the car she was driving—a gray 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. In his report, Sgt. Bernst stated that he watched the woman retrieve the keys to the car from her pocket, unlock the car and get a pack of cigarettes and a lighter from the vehicle.

According to the sergeant’s report he had OCPD Officer Kelley Margerum run a check on the license tag number on the Cavalier. Information from that check indicated that the vehicle was listed as stolen out of Belle Glade.

Sgt. Bernst stated that he later contacted the woman who owned the car and was told that her son had met Peterman at a party several weeks ago. The son apparently gave Peterman permission to take the car to a nearby store, then return it.

The OCPD sergeant pointed out in his report that Peterman has had 27 felony charges filed against her and has 15 felony convictions. Those convictions include forgery, uttering a forged instrument and exploitation of the elderly.

A check of Peterman’s history indicated that in 2009 she was convicted on five counts of forgery, five counts of uttering a forged instrument, one count of grand theft, one count of possession of cocaine and one count of organized fraud.

Peterman was sentenced to three years in prison. She entered prison Sept. 4, 2009, and was released from the Gadsden Correctional Facility in Quincy on Dec. 16, 2010.

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