Businesswoman charged with writing worthless checks
by Staff Reports
Police allege that Betty Jean Austin, 71, proprietor of the Mountain House Restaurant, wrote two large worthless checks to a food distributor.
The checks were written for $3,961.76 and $3,164.88, according to Sgt. Matt Stevens of the Boone Police Department. A worthless check greater than $1,000 constitutes a felony charge, he said.
Austin met with Boone Police at the Watauga County Magistrate's Office and was served with the charges Monday.
She was released with a written promise to appear in court Jan. 22, 2013.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misstated Betty Jean Austin's age due to incorrect information from police. The story has been corrected.