FARMINGTON -- A 42-year-old woman charged with multiple cases of forgery, identity theft and retail theft has been sentenced to prison.
Julia Amelia Higbee, who is also known as Julia Herzog, appeared Monday in 2nd District Court before Judge David R. Morris.
Deputy Davis County Attorney Jason Nelson said Higbee's actions require her to serve prison time. He also said there is a concern that Higbee, as she is listed on the court calendar, will commit more felony crimes if she is sentenced to probation.
Morris said, "Because of the number of cases, the number of crimes charged against you and the number of victims, prison is the right place for you."
Higbee entered guilty pleas in April to three counts of forgery, all third-degree felonies, and one count of pattern of unlawful activity, a second-degree felony. She also entered guilty pleas in 2011 to three more counts of forgery, one count of identity fraud, one count of retail theft and one count of possession of a forgery writing device, all third-degree felonies.
She was arrested on April 7 by Unified Police for driving under the influence.
Morris sentenced Higbee on Monday to serve seven terms of up to five years at Utah State Prison for seven third-degree felonies, and one term of one year to 15 years at the prison for a second-degree felony.
The third-degree felony sentences can be served together, Morris said, but the second-degree felony will be served after Higbee finishes the sentences for the third-degree felonies.
Morris said the time should be enough for Higbee to get through the drug treatment programs offered at the prison.
Higbee was placed on Centerville's most-wanted list in February after she failed to show up for a sentencing hearing in 2nd District Court.
According to the court website, under the names of Herzog and Higbee, 34 felony cases have been filed against her in 1st, 2nd and 3rd district courts since 1999.
Police said Higbee stole credit cards, driver's licenses, checks and anything else that might have personal information on it from cars.
Police believe Higbee acted alone.