Charges Brought in Two Rochester Check Forgery Cases
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- Olmsted County prosecutors brought charges Wednesday in two different check forgery cases.
29-year-old Joseph Gehring of Ashland City, TN is accused of cashing a $2,475.10 check on the account of Hiller’s Flooring America that was intended to go to a supplier. Surveillance video from Sterling State Bank in Rochester shows Gehring cashing the check at the bank on Dec. 23, 2021. The bank also shared a copy of a photo ID Gehring used to cash the check, the complaint states.
Gehring, who was on probation in Hennepin County during the investigation, initially denied being in Rochester at the time of alleged forgery, however he later admitted to doing work for the victimized business. He also admitted to cashing the check a week after receiving it. Gehring faces a felony check forgery charge. He’s set to make his first court appearance on Sept. 15.
The second check forgery case to have charges brought involves a Minneapolis man. The criminal complaint against 39-year-old Charles Williams accuses him of cashing a check worth $2,296.45 on the account of Walk on Woods Inc.
An employee at Sterling State Bank in Rochester called the business after a teller noticed the back of the check had not been endorsed. That’s when the bank learned that Williams does not work for Walk on Woods Inc. Investigators identified Williams through the bank’s surveillance footage and a driver’s license he gave the teller when he cashed the check on Dec. 23, 2021.
Investigators also matched Williams’s social security number that he provided the bank with the number used when he was booked into the Hennepin County Jail last year. Williams is also charged with a count of felony check forgery. He’s due for his first court appearance on Sept. 15.
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