Deanna Lynn Keezer, 37, of rural White Earth has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony theft by swindle. A felony counterfeiting of currency charge was dropped in a plea agreement.
According to court records, on March 12 Keezer and a man bought two vehicles from a man for $1,500. Keezer was captured on surveillance video counting the money, then going into a building to buy the vehicles.
The seller discovered the currency was counterfeit the next day when he went to the bank to deposit it.
One vehicle was stopped March 13 by a tribal police officer. The man driving it said he had gotten it from Keezer.
The second vehicle was pulled over March 14 by a tribal police officer. The driver also said he had gotten it from Keezer. An investigator confirmed the cash was counterfeit.
On Sept. 9, District Judge Gretchen Thilmony sentenced Keezer to 17 months in prison at Shakopee, stayed 10 years. Keezer was ordered to pay a $500 fine, $665 in court fees, and $748 in total restitution, and to serve 35 days in jail, with credit for 35 days served.
She was ordered to get chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, which has been completed. She was placed on supervised probation for 10 years.