Woman receives probation on felony charge

MARQUETTE — A Republic woman who pleaded guilty to cashing checks of a deceased relative received her sentence Friday morning in Marquette County Circuit Court.

Melinda Rae Mongiat-Gransinger, 29, received 18 months probation plus restitution and court fines and costs on one count of Uttering and Publishing Checks. She pleaded guilty to one of those counts in February as a result of a plea agreement.

According to Marquette County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Griffin, this is the second felony conviction on Mongiat-Gransinger’s record.

“It’s got to be a disappointment when the court sees a person who has gotten so far low so quickly with her history,” said Griffin. “She’s (made) some serious mistakes and I think the sanctions that are involved are appropriate to address them and hopefully will straighten out what she’s done.”

Mongiat-Gransinger was arrested by the Marquette Police Department in January as part of a fraud investigation. She also received 90 days in jail with credit for 23 days already served.