Couple facing forgery charges

MIFFLINTOWN — A couple is facing dozens of charges after allegedly forging checks for a man they were caring for.

Kenneth Q. Hosler, 29, and Lysa Lear, 27, both of Mifflintown, were arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Barbara Lyter on Feb. 5 and are awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 22.

According to court documents, state police responded to a Fermanagh Township residence where Jeffrey Strawser reported that five checks were cashed from his bank account that he did not authorize.

A total of $675 in checks were written to Hosler, Strawser’s caretaker and Lear’s boyfriend.

Strawser indicated that his checkbook went missing shortly after Lear moved into the residence.

According to court documents, Strawser was admitted to the hospital for medical reasons and went to live at a different address upon discharge, however Hosler and Lear were still living at his former residence.

Police searched the residence and found Strawser’s debit card and check book as well as drug paraphernalia in the bedroom.

Hosler and Lear are each being charged with six count of felony conspiracy, forgery, six counts of felony forgery, 12 counts of felony identity theft, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and 12 counts of misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking.

Hosler and Lear are both being held in Mifflin County Correctional Facility in lieu of $75,000 cash bail.