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April 9, 2013

Man caught passing bad checks

CLINTON — A Davenport man is facing six counts of forgery and interference with official acts after allegedly passing fraudulent checks at a Clinton credit union.

Kurt M. Rohwedder, 47, of Davenport, is being held at the Clinton County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond. His next court appearance is set for 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Rohwedder is accused of receiving approximately $2,120.90 in cash from fraudulent checks cashed at Aegis Credit Union, 1200 N. Second St., since March 26. According to a court affidavit, he allegedly passed six checks totaling $9,611.02 between March 26 and April 1.

According to court documents, Clinton police officers responded at 10 a.m. April 1 to Aegis Credit Union for a fraud complaint and were advised that Rohwedder was attempting to pass two fraudulent checks for $6,550 and $689.34. Upon the officers’ arrival, Rohwedder fled on foot abandoning his vehicle in the parking lot, according to the affidavit. He was apprehended after a foot chase that led police officers northbound on Second Street to 13th Avenue North.

According to court documents, Rohwedder admitted to cashing the two checks that day as well as four others previously. He told police that he received the checks in the mail after answering employment ads on Craigslist and admitted he did no work for them, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit continues that Rohwedder conversed with the person sending the checks via e-mail and text, but never in person. He told officers that he thought the checks were suspicious and that he fled from police because he did not want to get into trouble, according to court documents.

Police searched Rohwedder’s vehicle with his permission, according to the affidavit. Officers located two more checks addressed to him.

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