KALISPELL – A 22-year-old Columbia Falls woman faces prostitution and forgery charges after a man who said he’d paid the woman for sex reported his checkbook had been stolen.
Sonya Pitkin is charged with felony forgery and three counts of misdemeanor prostitution, according to the Flathead County attorney’s office.
Thomas Leone of Trego has also been charged with three counts of prostitution.
Pitkin and 21-year-old Amanda Wyatt, who is also charged with forgery, are accused of cashing separate $1,500 checks written on Leone’s account at a Whitefish bank on Sept. 3 and unsuccessfully attempting to cash separate $1,500 checks five days later.
Pitkin and Wyatt surrendered to authorities on Sunday and were charged Monday in Justice Court. A warrant has not been issued for Leone’s arrest.
Flathead County authorities say Pitkin and Wyatt are also “persons of interest” in an investigation into a number of counterfeit $50 bills circulating the Flathead Valley in recent weeks.
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