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Two Helenans charged with a slew of financial crimes

Two Helenans charged with a slew of financial crimes

Austin Natalie-Lopuch

Austin Natalie Lopuch

Alice Joeanne Williams

Williams

UPDATE: Austin Natalie Lopuch's case has been closed.

Charge: Felony theft, felony theft, felony forgery, felony forgery.

Verdict: All dismissed by court.

Sentence: None.

Two Helenans are accused of being involved in a slew of financial crimes. 

Austin Natalie-Lopuch, 21, of Helena, is being charged with felony burglary, misdemeanor theft, two felony counts of accountability to forgery, two felony counts of accountability to theft, a felony count of theft and a felony count of forgery.

After being charged with several felonies earlier this month for allegedly playing a part in an armed robbery and a scheme to cash bad checks, Alice Joeanne Williams, 21, of Helena, has been charged with additional counts of felony accountability to theft and felony accountability to forgery. 

In mid-May, Natalie-Lopuch and Williams allegedly took $3,250 from a buyer in exchange for a trailer that was never delivered. Natalie-Lopuch allegedly pretended to be Williams' husband during the transaction, and the trailer was a rental.

On April 24, Natalie-Lopuch was allegedly involved in a burglary of a restaurant in Helena. He is accused of walking in the back door, opening a safe with a stolen code and then taking several hundred dollars worth of cash before leaving. 

In early April, Natalie-Lopuch was allegedly involved with a group of people who stole and forged several thousand dollars worth of checks from a Helena business. Court documents state Natalie-Lopuch is accused of giving the filled-out checks to another conspirator, who was asked to cash them and split the money between the two of them.

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