Grove City Woman Charged With Forgery, Other Counts; Stands Accused Of Pleading Guilty Under Sister’s Name

March 3, 2014
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A Grove City woman faces at least fourteen charges in connection with a series of incidents which State Police say began when she gave them her sister’s name and date of birth at a traffic stop in southern Venango County.

A State Police release says the case of forgery, identity theft and false identification began in November when Angela Cogswell could not produce a driver’s license and gave troopers at a traffic stop on Route 8 in Victory Township the name and birth date of a Rimersburg woman who turned out to be her sister.  Investigators say Cogswell then appeared at a district magisterial judge’s office in Franklin in December and entered guilty pleas in her sister’s name to two charges.

The result was that the sister lost her driving privileges for six months.

State Police say Cogswell was charged late last week with multiple counts of forgery, tampering with records or identification, identity theft and unsworn falsification to authorities, as well as counts involving driving while under suspension and without proper insurance.

Bail was set at $5,000, and Cogswell was taken to the Venango County Jail.

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