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Man faces criminal charges after bouncing large checks

Some residents of Iowa City have likely floated a check before. Floating a check involves writing a check to someone, even though the money is not in the account, because you plan to deposit money before the check clears. If the money is not deposited, however, the check could bounce.

One man is facing criminal charges after bouncing checks in multiple states. According to police, one of those instances occurred in the state of Iowa after the man purchased a watch from a jeweler in Iowa City. Reports indicate that the man is from another state and ordered the watch this past spring. The man paid for the watch with a business check in the amount of $39,825.

The check later bounced, say police. Investigators allege that there was not enough in the account to cover the purchase either before or after the check was written. Police also allege that the man purchased three other expensive watches in other states using similar procedures.

Bouncing a check is not necessarily a criminal offense; however, police say that the man never made good on payment for the merchandise and that he did not return the watches. The total value of the four watches the man obtained is reportedly $157,825. The man is facing charges that include a felony of ongoing criminal conduct and another felony of first-degree theft.

Individuals who are facing theft charges of any type should understand the charges against them and work with professionals to develop a criminal defense plan. When large sums or multi-state charges are involved, preparation is especially essential. In some cases, the handling of one case or charge could impact another, and it is important to understand the overall situation and how to work toward the most positive outcome overall.

Source: KCRG, "Man Wrote Bad Checks for Nearly $160,000 in Watches," Lee Hermiston, July 8, 2014

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