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Man with 12 prior convictions facing new charges for reportedly issuing dishonored checks

A warrant has been issued for Christopher Ray Maeyaert, who is currently in custody in Iowa.

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MURRAY COUNTY— A warrant has been issued for Christopher Ray Maeyaert, 29, of Lucan, on charges of issuing a dishonored check for an amount of more than $500, a felony offense.

Maeyaert has a long criminal history, stretching back to 2011, including 12 felony convictions. Multiple cases involved issuing dishonored checks, theft by check, and check forgery, among other charges.

Current charges stem from several incidents in Murray County, starting in June 2021, after Maeyaert reportedly issued a check to a local grocer for the amount of $350.88, from a closed account. A member of the Fulda Police Department was contacted and a notice was sent to the address on Maeyaert’s check demanding Maeyaert pay the grocer. The officer later learned that this was not Maeyaert’s actual address, and sent another notice to the address listed on Maeyaert’s driver’s license.

In November 2021, a Slayton police officer was also alerted to a series of bad checks from Maeyaert at a local grocery store, which totaled $424.02. Maeyaert had been sent a Notice and Demand for Payment of Dishonored Check form by certified mail, and signed the notice in October 2021 according to the report, though he has yet to pay the amount owed on any of these checks.

Due to Maeyaert’s criminal history, court documents indicate the state intends to seek an aggravated sentence in this case. Maeyaert is currently in custody in Iowa and is facing a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine for the Minnesota charge of issuing a dishonored check.

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