Man charged in check-forging scheme

18-year-old allegedly stole $600 from mother

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— An 18-year-old Kansas man has been charged with two felonies for allegedly stealing $600 from his mother in February.

Dominick Eugene Fritts has been charged with theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Authorities suspect Fritts had his 17-year-old girlfriend forge his mother's name on three stolen checks.

Fritts, who lives in Ottawa, Kan., was booked into the Routt County Jail Tuesday. He was advised of the charges by 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson Wednesday morning.

According to court records, Fritts visited his mother between Feb. 13-17. Fritts was traveling with his girlfriend and another friend.

During the visit, Fritts asked his mother if he could borrow money because he and his friends had a total of $10, records show.

Fritts' mother told him she would not have money to give to him until the end of the month. In March, Fritts' mother found out three checks were allegedly cashed by her son between Feb. 18-28, records show.

According to a bank statement, Fritts allegedly cashed checks from his mother's account for $200 on Feb. 18, $150 on Feb. 22 and $250 on Feb. 28.

All three of the checks were written out to Fritts in handwriting his mother could not recognize, records show.

The woman later found out the checks had been stolen from an unused book of checks that were in a drawer, records show.

Thompson set Fritts' bail at $5,000. His next court appearance is scheduled in May.

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