WORTHINGTON — A Mountain Lake woman was arrested this week in the second case within about a month within about a month in which she's accused of stealing and unlawfully passing checks at area businesses.
Pranom Souvannarath, 36, faces a string of check forgery charges related to several incidents within the past two months related to unlawfully passing stolen checks. Between the two criminal cases, she allegedly passed numerous stolen checks that totaled just more than $1,000.
According to the complaint filed this week in Nobles County District Court, video surveillance footage confirmed Souvannarath wrote nine checks to Runnings and Lakeside Travel Plaza in Worthington between May 2 and May 4. The owner of the account was from Sioux Falls, S.D.
According to the complaint, Souvannarath admitted to Sioux Falls police that she passed a check belonging to the same victim at a location in Iowa. She is accused of unlawfully passing other checks in Heron Lake and in Iowa at Sibley and Lester.
In another case, Souvannarath is accused of writing a check for $289.45 with her name as the payee to Runnings. The check, and eight others that were allegedly discovered in her possession later, belonged to a joint bank account belonging to two Worthington men. She claimed to have been given the checks from another individual and asked to go purchase items at Runnings.
Between the two cases, Souvannarath faces four counts of check forgery and two counts of possession or sale of stolen check, all felonies. The offenses are punishable up to five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.
Souvannarath's conditional bail was scheduled at $10,000 and $20,000 without.