Man charged with forgery, harassment

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 28, 2011 7:20 AM

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An Iowa city man charged with forgery allegedly threatened the victim’s boyfriend over Facebook, according to a police report.

Michael Ross Burnett, Jr., 26, 423 Dakota Trail, was charged with forgery after he allegedly wrote two fraudulent checks for a total of $1,550.

After Burnett learned a man had given a statement to police, naming him as the suspect in the theft and forgery of checks from his girlfriend, Burnett told the man via Facebook he would “kill him, make sure he couldn’t talk anymore, come to [the man’s] home and get him or have friends kill [him],” according to police. Burnett also allegedly called the man a “snitch.” Burnett was charged with first-degree harassment.

Forgery is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $7,500 fine. First-degree harassment is an aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison and a $6,250 fine.

— by Sam Lane

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