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Check forgery conviction results in jail, probation for Floodwood man

A Floodwood man was sentenced Monday to five years of supervised probation and ordered to serve one year in jail after pleading guilty to check forgery.

A Floodwood man was sentenced Monday to five years of supervised probation and ordered to serve one year in jail after pleading guilty to check forgery.

Brandon Lee Hawley, 29, admitted earlier this month that he deposited counterfeit checks in an account he and his wife, Rachel, set up as the Retreat Golf Course at the Floodwood Area Credit Union, and then drew money from the account.

Judge Heather Sweetland ordered Brandon Hawley to pay $19,711.64 in restitution to the Floodwood Area Credit Union. She gave the defendant credit for the 220 days he has served in jail. If he fails to follow the conditions of his probation -- which demands that he remain law-abiding -- a 45-month prison sentence could be executed.

Brandon Hawley also must forfeit the computer and printer that were used to print the counterfeit checks and he is subject to random searches by his probation officer to make sure he isn't using a computer for criminal activity.

Rachel Hawley, 32, was earlier sentenced to five years' supervised probation after pleading guilty to the same crime and also was ordered to pay restitution.

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