NORTH HAVERHILL — A woman is facing a felony charge after she allegedly presented a forged title to the Ashland town clerk in an attempt to illegally register a car in her name.
Deirdre M. Lutz, 26, whose last known address was 12 Breton Road, Gilford, was indicted by a Grafton County grand jury when they met earlier this month.
According to the charging documents, last February Lutz presented a Massachusetts certificate of title for a 2001 BMW. The signature of the purchaser had been altered and Lutz submitted it with the intent to either defraud the clerk, the town or the New Hampshire Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles, the indictment alleges.
The charge is a Class B felony, potentially punishable by a 3.5 to 7- year prison term upon conviction.
The grand jury also returned an indictment against Lutz charging that in December 2018 in Plymouth, she possessed methamphetamine, after previously having been convicted of a felony drug offense in Grafton County Superior Court in May 2018. The charge is a Class A felony potentially punishable by 7.5 to 15 years in prison, upon conviction.
Court records show that last May, Lutz pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing less than one gram of fentanyl and under an ounce of methamphetamine. Judge Lawrence MacLeod handed down two sentences of one to two years in the N.H. State Prison for Women, that were both suspended on the condition of good behavior for five years.
All but 98 days of a third 12-month jail sentence was also suspended. Lutz who was then living at 25 Mechanic Street, Ashland, was credited with serving 98 days in pretrial confinement.
Other conditions of her sentence included undergoing an evaluation by a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor within 90 days of her release and following all recommendations. She was also placed on probation for two years, ordered to pay $200 to the Attorney General’s Drug Task Force, fined $434, and assessed a $25 time payment fee.
She is currently free on $2,000 cash bail, after violating the conditions of probation.