Check Forging Ring 14 Jan 12

A total of 13 people face felony charges for allegedly cashing forged payroll checks at businesses across southern Minnesota, including in New Ulm. The phony checks were reportedly created on a computer by 36-year-old Baretta Dean Bork of Shakopee, who then had other people take the checks to businesses and have them cashed in exchange for a portion of the cash. Several businesses were victims of this crime, including CashWise in New Ulm and stores in Mankato, Faribault, Marshall and more. The checks were made to look like they came from legitimate companies, but they had all either gone out of business or were made up. Of the 13 people facing felony charges for the crimes other than Bork, 6 are from Mankato, 1 is from Elmore, 1 is from Madison, 1 is from Woodbury, and 3 are from St. Peter, including 26-year-old Jessica Diane Lowe, 32-year-old Jennifer Marie Klumper and 31-year-old Laura Marie Nusser. Investigators say that a total of $8,300 worth of phony checks were cashed over a 3-month period.