'Hipster grifter' sentenced to 9 months in jail

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah woman who pleaded guilty to forgery and identify fraud charges in cases from 2007 and 2008 has been sentenced to nine months in jail.

Kari Michelle Ferrell, dubbed the "hipster grifter" on the Internet, was arrested in May in Philadelphia.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty in August to third-degree felony forgery, two misdemeanor counts of issuing a bad check or draft and one misdemeanor count each of attempted forgery, attempted identify fraud and attempted issuing a bad check or draft.

Ferrell on Friday was given credit for 132 days she already served behind bars. She also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $4,194 in restitution.

Before surrendering to Philadelphia police, Ferrell posted an apology on a New York City Web site saying she had "made some pretty terrible decisions" and was "taking care of things."

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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