A Minneapolis man has been charged with trying to cash a forged check at a bank in St. Louis Park.
Dijonte Montel Harold Clifton, 20, is charged with offering a forged check, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, signed by St. Louis Park Police Detective Dennis Hagen, police were called to the local Associated Bank branch on Sept. 18 on a report of a man trying to cash a phony check.
Police learned that Clifton entered the bank and inquired about opening an account, then was directed to a bank manager. He left the bank shortly afterward and went through the drive-through lane, where he asked a teller to cash a $960 check, the complaint says.
The check, dated Sept. 13 and made out to Clifton, appeared to be drawn on the account of a Minnesota employment agency. Tellers did not approve the check for cashing, and contacted representatives of the employment agency, who said they had not issued the check and that they don’t issue any check for more than $200 on the account on which the check was drawn.
Clifton then went back inside the bank and asked employees how long the check-cashing process would take. Police arrested him there.
Clifton later admitted to police that he had gone to the bank to cash the check, which he said had been given to him by a friend whom he wouldn’t identify, according to the complaint. He told officers that he was supposed to cash the check and give $400 of it to his friend, the complaint says.
Clifton said he wasn’t familiar with the name of the company on the check, that he didn’t work for the company and that it didn’t owe him any money, according to the complaint.
Clifton has been released from custody on bond. Information about his upcoming court appearances was not available.