Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 30, 2012

Woman who claimed mom died to beg money pleads guilty

CROSSVILLE — Melinda Farr had racked up a pretty good record of arrests before her new venture this year that involved approaching strangers, telling them her mother had been killed in a wreck in Atlanta and that she needed money to travel to Georgia. It all caught up with her last Friday when she pleaded guilty to eight charges, resolving all the cases pending against her.

Farr, 43, whose most recent address was listed on Ivy Ave., brought an information containing the eight charges before Judge Leon Burns, waiving her right to have the charges presented to the grand jury and her right to a trial.

She pleaded guilty to the following charges:

•Attempted robbery, stemming from an April incident at Kroger Gas N Go during which she attempted to force her way into an occupied vehicle. She received a three-year sentence.

•Aggravated burglary, stemming from April break-in of a neighbor's home during which medication was taken. She received a three-year sentence.

•Fraudulent use of a credit card. A two-year sentence.

•Fraudulent use of a credit card. A two-year sentence.

•Fraudulent use of a credit card. An 11-month and 29-day sentence.

•Three counts of theft of less than $500, each drawing 11-month and 29-day sentences.

The sentences are to run concurrently, or together, for a total of three years in prison, with credit for time served since her April 27 arrest.

In addition, she has been ordered to pay $2,464.80 restitution to four of her victims.

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