Betsy Kwasny will remain behind bars. The 42-year-old former Bridgman resident has lost her attempt to appeal her convictions for check fraud and perjury. She was convicted in 2011 and sentenced last year to 3 to 21 years for uttering and publishing and 5 to 22 1/2 years for perjury. Kwasny swindled two young women and a retired couple in 2008 and 2009. She argued that her prior criminal record should not have been allowed as evidence, which the Michigan Court of Appeals rejected in its ruling upholding her convictions and sentences. Kwasny got a small victory in that her restitution was cut by $5,000 to $27,250. The appeals court said in its opinion that Trial Court Judge Charles LaSata did not make a mistake in denying a mistrial after Kwasny made prejudicial remarks during an outburst in the presence of the jury.
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