Lakefield man charged for reportedly forging checks

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of no more than five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both for each of the charges against him.

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WORTHINGTON — A Lakefield resident is facing a felony count of check forgery and possession or sale of stolen or counterfeit.

For incidents recorded the evening of March 28 through the early evening of March 31.
Jesus Jimenez-Sanchez was detained in Pipestone County, where his bail was set at $10,000 with conditions and $20,000 without.
"I don't know how all this is going to go down. There's no textbook to see how you arraign a former president of the United States in criminal court," Tacopina said.

On Jan. 19, an officer with the Worthington Police Department received information that two checks that had been reported stolen had been cashed at a Worthington bank, for a total amount of $1,588. A bank employee stated that the checks had been returned as a forgery. Both were reportedly made payable to Shaun Brown, 26, of Lakefield. According to the complaint, Brown has an account at the bank and surveillance video captured him cashing the checks.

The checks had been reported as stolen on Jan. 18 by the victim, who stated he did not know Brown. The checks had reportedly gone missing from the victim's home office while he’d had a contracting company working on his farm. The victim stated that his understanding was that Brown was an employee of the contracting company.

At the time of the complaint being filed, Brown is incarcerated in Jackson County Jail. Conditional bail was set at $15,000 and he is scheduled to make his initial appearance in court on Feb. 6.

If convicted, Brown faces a maximum sentence of no more than five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both for each of the charges against him.

Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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