Check forger involved in 3 cases

Published 4:30 pm Saturday, August 18, 2012

A man involved in a series of check forgeries was convicted in Mower County Court in one case Thursday and pleaded guilty in two other cases.

Ryan Charles Ball, 27, of Austin, was sentenced to five years’ supervised probation and 80 hours of community service for felony check forgery and felony fifth-degree drug possession. He must also pay $479 in restitution.

Ball stole a woman’s work key, entered her place of employment and stole several company checks. The court complaint adds a bank cashier recognized Ball and confirmed when he cashed the checks. Police arrested Ball on May 8 and found a methamphetamine pipe with traces of meth, along with three of the company checks, according to the complaint. Days earlier, Ball cashed stolen checks at a grocery store for $25 and $34 and was caught on video surveillance. In the third case, Ball stole two checks from a home and wrote them to himself for $175 each, for which he pleaded guilty to a felony charge on Thursday. The homeowner discovered she was missing two checks she did not write while she was on vacation. An officer recognized the signature on the checks from a previous check forgery case with the same defendant, and a bank cashier identified Ball as the man who cashed the checks, as well.

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Ball has another sentencing set for Sept. 14.