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Floodwood man pleads guilty to forgery

NEWS TRIBUNE A Floodwood man pleaded guilty today in St. Louis County District Court to check forgery after depositing counterfeit checks in a credit union account he and his wife set up and drew from. As part of a plea agreement, Brandon Lee Haw...

NEWS TRIBUNE

A Floodwood man pleaded guilty today in St. Louis County District Court to check forgery after depositing counterfeit checks in a credit union account he and his wife set up and drew from.

As part of a plea agreement, Brandon Lee Hawley, 29, will receive five years of supervised probation, spend one year in the St. Louis County Jail or Northeast Regional Corrections Center and pay, along with his previously convicted wife, $23,362 in restitution.

Hawley and his wife, Rachel, were accused of depositing counterfeit checks in an account they set up as the Retreat Golf Course at the Floodwood Area Credit Union and then drawing on the account.

According to the criminal complaint, the counterfeit checks were deposited and then drawn between March 28 and April 16, when it was brought to the attention of Floodwood police and the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office by a bank manager.

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

Brandon Hawley will also forfeit the computer and printer that were used to print the counterfeit checks. Judge Heather Sweetland set sentencing for Nov. 24.

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