Oct. 13 – EAU CLAIRE – An Eau Claire man used checks he stole from two people, police say.
People didn’t realize the checks were stolen until the transactions were completed, police said.
Jesse J. Fairley, 33, 1820 S. Hastings Way, was charged in Eau Claire County Court this week with three counts of uttering a forgery, one count of fraud against a financial institution and five counts of jumping bail.
Fairley is due to make her first court appearance today.
According to the criminal complaint:
A woman contacted police on October 15, 2021 to report check fraud. She said she was cleaning her house on Badger Avenue and threw several items in the dumpster. She noticed someone rummaging in the dumpster but paid no attention.
The woman later discovered that there were three unauthorized transactions involving her checking account. The three checks, totaling $550, were cashed.
The woman said the checks were old and she didn’t even realize she had thrown them away. She had already called her bank and frozen her account.
The woman was alerted by the Royal Credit Union on April 6 that additional checks from her account had been cashed at RCU offices and subsequently returned due to the account being closed.
Police reviewed surveillance video of when the transactions were made and identified Fairley as a suspect.
A man told police that on July 26, a man presented a check from the man’s checking account while on an Eau Claire Kwik trip. The man said he was responsible for another Kwik Trip and was able to view surveillance video of that transaction.
The man said he didn’t know how this man got his check, but he suspected he accidentally threw away some checks.
A police officer viewed the video of the transaction and identified Fairley as the suspect.
At the time of this incident, Fairley was free on bail for five pending criminal cases in Eau Claire County.
If convicted of the felony charges, Fairley could face up to 22 years in prison.