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Falls Man Accused of Forging His Girlfriend's Checks for Drugs

Suspect took his girlfriend's checks to Pick 'n Save so he could get cash back in check transactions.

A 23-year-old Menomonee Falls man is facing charges after he allegedly stole checks from his girlfriend’s home in Sussex and used them to get hundreds of dollars in cash advances at a village grocery store.

Robert M. Cording was charged in Monday with one count of identity theft for financial gain. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Feb. 27, Cording wrote out 19 checks from his girlfriend’s bank account at the Sussex on Main Street. The store allows those paying with check to obtain up to $30 in cash back with a check, and Cording used the system to obtain money from the account.

Cording told police he was “high on drugs” and didn’t remember how many checks he forged, but said he used the money to purchase more drugs.

A total of $629 was taken from the victim’s account.

The man's girlfriend told police she wrote out two or three checks for Cording so he could buy groceries, but there were 17 or 18 checks taken without her permission.

Cording told police he was “high on drugs” and didn’t remember how many checks he forged, but said he used the money to purchase more drugs.

He’s currently free on $1,000 bail while awaiting trial.

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