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Man arrested for allegedly writing himself unauthorized checks

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man was arrested Sunday after allegedly entering his employer's hotel room and writing unauthorized checks to himself. Uriel I. Rodriguez, 19, has been charged with felony second-degree burglary and two counts of felo...

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WORTHINGTON - A Worthington man was arrested Sunday after allegedly entering his employer’s hotel room and writing unauthorized checks to himself.

Uriel I. Rodriguez, 19, has been charged with felony second-degree burglary and two counts of felony aggravated forgery in Nobles County District Court after allegedly writing two checks to himself for $150 each from his employer’s personal checking account. The felony-level charges are punishable up to 10 years imprisonment, a $20,000 fine or both.

According to the formal criminal complaint, on April 15, a Worthington police officer responded to a reported theft at a Worthington hotel that likely occurred while the hotel managers were gone for an approximately four-day period.

The managers - whom reside in one of the hotel’s rooms - discovered that two checks had been stolen from their joint checking account. They accused Rodriguez, an employee of the hotel who worked the night shift while they were away. He would have had access to the master key, they claimed.

The alleged victims told law enforcement they never pay employees from their personal checking account and likewise didn’t make a check out to him. The two checks allegedly had a forged signature.

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In a post-arrest interview, Rodriguez allegedly confessed and said he wrote himself unauthorized checks because he needed the money.

He was released Tuesday on his own recognizance (not required to post bail) with a set of interim conditions. His initial appearance is scheduled for April 25 in Nobles County District Court.

 

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