Man with history of check forgery charged again; Has prior check forgery conviction

Published 8:40 am Wednesday, November 21, 2018


Dennis Craig Smith, 61, was charged on Monday in Mower County District Court with felony check forgery.

According to the court complaint, police responded to a call on Nov. 16, 2017, to Bobee Jo’s regarding a forged check. Management reported that a bartender had cashed a check for Smith in the amount of $480. The check was from a US Bank account of “Davis Farms,” but management was later notified the check had been altered. Police were presented with a photograph of Smith.

A detective was able to confirm the driver’s license on the check matched that of Smith, the complaint states. The detective was familiar with Smith, who had cashed bad checks at Bobee Jo’s in the past.

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Surveillance footage obtained from Bobee Jo’s showed Smith cashing the check, according to the complaint. The detective then spoke to the service manager at US Bank, who said the routing number on the check did not correspond to US Bank and the account number on the check was not an actual account number.

A review of Smith’s criminal history shows a prior conviction for check forgery.

Smith will appear in court again on Dec. 3.