Check Fraud

According to a criminal complaint filed August 27, Elizabeth Christine Bailey, 32, has been charged with felony check forgery with intent to defraud for allegedly passing fraudulent checks at two Ag Partners businesses in Belle Plaine, including three checks at Hardware Hank and one at the Cenex Station, totaling $1,275.30.

If convicted of the charge, Bailey is facing a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, Belle Plaine police officers responded to a check fraud report at Ag Partners at 820 Main St. in Belle Plaine on May 26 at approximately 5:19 p.m. Upon reviewing the video surveillance, a female and male were seen entering the stores twice on May 23, once on May 25 and once again on May 26, and they were driving a red Pontiac sedan with no plates. The female, later identified as Bailey, was seen in the video writing out a check at 4 p.m. on May 23.

On June 26, Belle Plaine police received information from U.S. Bank that the checks on the accounts did not belong to the bank, and based on the check’s routing numbers, the checks were from a Wells Fargo bank.

On July 6, Belle Plaine police received information from the Carver County Sheriff's Office that Carver County Deputies responded to a check forgery complaint at Hardware Hank in Waconia on June 19. The reporting party stated the business had received a bad check from an African American woman wearing a leopard print dress. The suspect left in a burgundy Grand Prix with no plates.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the woman in the passenger seat of the car. The suspect admitted to being in Hardware Hank and paying with a check, and she gave a false name. Carver County deputies searched the car and found a PayPal card with the same name as the checks that were passed in Belle Plaine on May 23 and 26.

The officer performed a Facebook search with Bailey’s name and found a photograph of her wearing the same dress pattern as seen in the surveillance video on May 23 at the Belle Plaine Hardware Hank.

According to state records, Bailey has had numerous financial crimes, including pending check forgery cases, around the Twin Cities. Between Aug. 22, 2018 and June 12, 2020, she has been charged three times for theft, four times with check forgery, once for mail theft, once for providing a false name, once for possessing counterfeit checks, and once for offering a forged check. Charges have occurred in Washington, Hennepin, Anoka, Dakota, and Ramsey counties.

Bailey is set to appear in Scott County Court on Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

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