Man pleads guilty to check forgery

Published 9:27 am Saturday, March 3, 2018

Ryan Joseph Voelker, 32, of St. Cloud pleaded guilty to felony check forgery-offer or possess with intent to defraud as part of a plea agreement on Friday in Mower County District Court. He initially pleaded not guilty to the charge on Oct. 19.

Albert Lea police contacted the Austin Police Department regarding several forged checks that had been presented in Austin by Voelker. An Albert Lea officer informed an Austin detective they had arrested Voelker with a stolen checkbook on his person. The checks belonged to a Freeborn County man, who had reported them stolen.

Ryan Voelker

An Albert Lea Police investigation uncovered several forged checks used in locations in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. Checks written in Austin, all dated Feb. 1, 2017, were for the following:

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• $43.75 to Casey’s General Store;

• $99.08 to Kwik Trip store No. 445;

• $88.66 attempted at Hy-Vee Gas;

• $548.31 attempted at Walmart;

• $52.12 to Freedom Gas;

• $20.47 to Kwik Trip store No. 445;

• $6.98 to Kwik Trip store No. 445;

• $92.32 to Shopko; and

• $100.51 attempted at Shopko

Voelker was captured on surveillance cameras at several locations.

Voelker’s criminal history includes convictions for felony first-degree aggravated robbery, felony first-degree burglary, felony offering forged checks and gross misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud.

Voelker will be sentenced on April 9.