Tuesday April 30, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A woman accused in March of threatening the life of her child during a domestic dispute is now facing 36 felony charges alleging that she took over $18,000 from her mother using fraudulent checks.

Wendy K. Comar, 23, of Main Street, pleaded not guilty Monday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division to 36 felony counts of forgery. She was released on the condition she not harass her mother, Charissa Comar.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Detective David S. Rowland, on March 11 he was informed about a possible forgery case by Cpl. Andy Hunt who had responded to Charissa Comar’s residence for a domestic incident in which Wendy Comar had allegedly threatened to kill her child and herself. She pleaded not guilty to domestic assault in March.

Charissa Comar told Rowland that she had found a number of checks written out to her daughter and on March 15 provided him with checks that she suspected were fraudulent as some she knew were not. Rowland wrote the handwriting on the two types of checks appeared different. Charissa Comar said in late February an employee at the TD Bank alerted her to a suspicious check written out to Wendy Comar. Charissa Comar said she then discovered the other suspicious checks.


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According to a written statement by Charissa Comar, Wendy Comar "admitted it to me" when asked about the matter and gave Charissa Comar $3,336 to start paying her back.

Rowland wrote that he spoke to Wendy Comar on April 9 and she was under the impression an agreement had been worked out already. She told Rowland she often does her mother’s banking for her.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr