A Payson woman who was part of a mother-daughter forgery team that cost local banks and businesses more than $100,000 during a 1989 forgery spree is free until a bed becomes available in an Ogden halfway house.
Maria B. Coffey, 22, was released by 4th District Judge Boyd L. Park to her grandmother's custody until space becomes available in the Parkview Community Corrections Center. Coffey had been in a 90-day diagnostic program at the Utah State Prison after pleading guilty to four second-degree felony forgery counts.Coffey's release came despite objections by prosecuting attorney Sherry Ragan. Ragan said that keeping Coffey in custody would protect society and would keep Coffey out of trouble.
Coffey and her mother, Sonya M. Orozco, were arrested last December in connection with a string of forgeries throughout Utah County. The pair would enter small stores where one would detain the clerk while the other would steal the clerk's purse.
Orozco is now serving two one-to-15-year terms at the Utah State Prison.
Park also ordered Coffey to pay fines and fees totaling $2,500 and pay restitution of $7,777.