Local man accused of cashing fraudulent check

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 23, 2014 5:00 AM

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Authorities accused a local man of cashing a fraudulent check for more than $700.

Frederick Flax, 20, was charged May 23 with forgery and third-degree theft.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Flax cashed a fraudulent check from Debbie’s Staffing for $719.43 at the Waterfront Drive Hy-Vee.

Flax does not work at Debbie’s Staffing, and the business has not issued their employees paper checks since 2013, the complaint said. The bank account on the check was also incorrect.

When cashing the check, Flax provided an ID and a phone number for the Hy-Vee cashier. He was also identified on a security video.

Forgery is a Class-D felony. Third-degree theft is an aggravated misdemeanor.

— by Rebecca Morin

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