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Woman sentenced for check forgery

Crystal Rose Heinonen, 31, of rural Mahnomen has been sentenced in Becker County District Court for felony check forgery.

According to court records, on June 20, 2017, a Detroit Lakes police officer responded to Central Market, which had received a check from White Earth Garment Manufacturing Co., Inc. drawn on an account at First National Bank in Mahnomen. After accepting the check bank, a store employee called the bank and found the account didn't exist.

Heinonen was present when the first check was cashed by another woman, and she later returned to Central Market and tried to buy $366 worth of merchandise using another check from that account. It was rejected, and she said she was going to get her debit card from the car, but never returned. She was identified by a store surveillance photo.

Interviewed by police on June 21, she admitted she had passed one bad check to her foster mother for $365 and unsuccessfully attempted to pass another one at the store in White Earth for $100.

Heinonen appeared in court April 17 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who

stayed imposition of sentence and placed her on supervised probation for five years.

She was ordered to serve 31 days in jail, with credit for 31 days served. She must pay $595 in restitution, a $500 fine, and $165 in court fees. She was ordered to get a chemical dependency evaluation and follow the recommendations, and get a mental health evaluation.

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