Grandma’s account cleaned out
Two more charged in check forgery case
Felony charges have been filed against two more men in the investigation of stolen checks.
Ronald K. Knapstein, 24, Scandinavia, is charged with three counts of forgery uttering.
Benjamin L. Weed, 28, Fremont is charged with two counts of forgery uttering.
They join Cody G. Schultz, 33, Waupaca, who was accused of stealing and forging his grandmother’s checks.
Schultz was charged with five counts of forgery uttering and possession of narcotics in July.
On Tuesday, July 25, Waupaca Police Officer Sam Van Dinter was dispatched to a home on the 300 block of Morton Street where he met with an 86-year-old woman.
She told him five checks had been stolen from her checkbook and cashed for a total of $3,700. She was also missing $700 in cash that had been in her home.
She discovered the thefts after Community First Credit Union called and told her she had insufficient funds in her checking account.
She told Van Dinter she no longer had any money in her account because it had been overdrawn.
The woman said she believed her grandson, Schultz, may have stolen the checks because he lives with her rent free and the checks were made out to two of his friends, Knapstein and Weed.
He reportedly gave his friends food in exchange for cashing the checks.
On Oct. 12, Van Dinter found Knapstein asleep in a vehicle parked at the intersection of East Union and Division streets and arrested him.
According to the criminal complaint, Knapstein said he remembered cashing some checks from Schultz, but he did not know that they were forged.
Knapstein was released on a $1,000 signature bond.
A warrant was issued for Weed’s arrest on Oct. 13.
Initially held on a $1,000 cash bond, Schultz was released after his father co-signed a $2,000 signature bond.