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Betty A. Gooch of Algonquin, IL, was charged last month for passing bad checks at several Chicago area car dealerships, using her apparent frail health and age to persuade the salesmen to delay cashing the checks, and meanwhile running up the mileage on the vehicles while she had them. Ms. Gooch was supposed to appear at a court hearing yesterday, but in a move that perhaps the prosecutors should have anticipated, she did not show up after being released on her own recognizance for health reasons, and she has also lost the services of her defense attorney after she paid him with a bad check. An arrest warrant has been issued.

 
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