FD man allegedly writes more than $14,500 of bad checks
A Fort Dodge man is facing felony charges for allegedly writing more than $14,500 worth of fraudulent checks and robbing a man at gunpoint.
Kearie R. Patterson, 28, is charged with two counts of second-degree theft, forgery, second-degree robbery and second-degree fraudulent practices.
Patterson made his initial appearance in Magistrate Court Friday and has a preliminary hearing set for Aug 22. He is held on a $55,000 bond.
Patterson allegedly robbed a man while wearing a ski mask and showing a gun on July 11, charging documents say. He allegedly confronted the man outside of the man’s business and demanded he turned over a bag of money.
For this incident, Patterson was also charged with fifth-degree theft for stealing items worth less than $250.
For one of the second-degree theft charges, Patterson is accused of making and printing a $4,876 check to himself, acting like the check was from the Liquor and Tobacco Outlet.
Charging documents say that Patterson obtained the account information from the business. The documents say he cashed the check with the intention of depriving the Liquor and Tobacco Outlet of money.
Patterson is also charged with forgery for making and printing the check from the Liquor and Tobacco Outlet.
Patterson allegedly signed the checks as if he was the owner of the Liquor and Tobacco Outlet.
The other second-degree theft charge is for allegedly writing a series of checks to Bomgaars that totaled $6,423.64. The documents say Patterson knew that the Frontier Community Credit Union would not honor the checks.
These checks were allegedly in Patterson’s name, but were associated with an account that had been closed since April.
The documents say Patterson had no intention to pay the $6,423.64.
He also allegedly bought a 1993 Chevrolet Caprice using a check from the closed Frontier Community Credit Union account.
The car cost $3,293.75.
For the ongoing criminal conduct charge, which is a class B felony, Patterson is accused of intentionally engaging in “unlawful activity committed for financial gain on a continuing basis,” the charging documents say.