St. Cloud man charged with felony check forgery

Joshua Donald Strobel, 31, St. Cloud, is facing a felony check forgery charge in Morrison County District Court. He is also charged with a gross misdemeanor for allegedly giving law enforcement a false name.

The charges stem from a March 30 incident, when the Morrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Pierz Police Department received a report that someone was attempting to cash a forged check at a bank in Pierz.

According to the criminal complaint, Strobel drove up to the drive through window at the bank, received a check from a woman in the car who has not yet been charged, and gave it to the teller.

The teller allegedly knew the check for $600 was unusual because of issues with the signature and the look of the check.

According to the criminal complaint, the teller called the check’s account owner and asked if they issued the check.

The owner allegedly said they did not and that the check was false.

Bank officials then asked Strobel to come into the bank.

According to the criminal complaint, when Strobel exited the bank, he was met by law enforcement who asked him for identification.

Strobel allegedly identified himself as Fernando, and used a fake Mexican accent, along with an ID.

Law enforcement arrested Strobel for check forgery and took him to the Morrison County Jail, where he allegedly confirmed his real name.

If convicted of the felony, Strobel faces up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.