Albert Lea resident pleads guilty to forgery

Published 7:33 am Friday, October 9, 2009

An Albert Lea man charged with felony forgery after being stopped for shoplifting in the Austin Wal-Mart pleaded guilty Monday.

Braulio Mendez Morales, 25, awaits sentencing in the case and is being held for federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

He likely faces deportation.

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According to a court complaint, Morales was stopped by a Wal-Mart employee for allegedly taking a $9 wallet on Sept. 25.

When police arrived, the employee gave an officer the Minnesota ID that Morales had given him.

The officer noticed that it expired in 2010, yet it featured the state’s old design, which was last used in 2003, according to the complaint.

The officer questioned Morales, who admitted that he bought the card from a friend in Austin who had made it for him.

A further review of his record indicated that he is in the country illegally and had previously been apprehended and voluntarily returned to Mexico, according to the complaint.