Marsh accused in bad check scheme

A Fort Dodge man is in the Webster County Jail after being arrested in connection with a fraudulent check-cashing operation.

Nathaniel P. Marsh, 35, of Fort Dodge, has been charged with ongoing criminal conduct, second-degree theft and four counts of forgery.

According to the criminal complaint, filed with the Webster County attorney’s office, Marsh “engaged in acts of unlawful specific activity committed for financial gain on a continuing basis.”

It’s alleged that between June 18 and June 30, 2013, Marsh, on four occasions, paid for items at Target with checks that had someone else’s account number on them. The complaint alleges, in total, the checks were worth more than $1,200.

“The defendant entered into a common scheme over a short period of time by writing these checks,” the complaint stated.

Along with a co-conspirator, whose identity was not disclosed, Marsh allegedly “forged checks on closed accounts or accounts without the owner’s knowledge or consent across the state of Iowa.”

In all, it’s alleged that Marsh and his co-conspirator wrote more than $75,000 in bad checks, according to the criminal complaint.

Marsh was ordered held on $50,000 bond during his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Friday morning. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 24.