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Jailed island woman faces new charge: Trafficking in stolen property

The Bainbridge Island woman who was recently arrested on a felony charge of drug possession is now facing more legal trouble: a felony charge for trafficking stolen property.

Johanna Catherine Holliday, 23, has been charged for second-degree trafficking of stolen property in Kitsap Superior Court. Police claim that checks that she allegedly stole from a family member were later signed and cashed by two acquaintances.

One of the two acquaintances, Krystal Elaine George, 26, of Poulsbo, was charged with forgery on April 16.

The third woman in the case, who police say cashed two of the stolen checks, she has not been charged.

The new charge against Holliday stems from an incident late last year.

Holliday's relative, also a Bainbridge Island resident, noticed several checks on her bank statement that she did not write in October. The relative further discovered one book of checks was missing from the home she shared with Holliday's mother. The victim said Holliday occasionally stayed overnight at the home.

Copies of the checks, as well as bank security camera footage, allegedly show Holliday, George and the third woman cashing the forged checks from Oct. 21 to Oct. 31, 2012.

Holliday is suspected to have cashed four checks; George, two checks; and the third woman, two checks. The checks range from $200 to $275, and all were cashed at banks in Kitsap County.

The total amount of Holliday's cashed checks was $995, while George's was $535.

If convicted of the charge, Holliday could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Holliday was booked into Kitsap County Jail on April 13 for felony possession of a controlled substance, oxycodone, after she allegedly bought a pill from a suspected gang member in Bremerton. Police allege that Holliday had been working as a prostitute and had advertised on backpage.com.

Bail for Holliday was set at $15,000 for the drug charge, $15,000 for the trafficking charge, and $15,000 for failing to appear in court on a DUI charge.

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