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Mount Pleasant police say a 25-year-old Racine woman is facing charges after trying to steal money through forged checks at a local bank.

Kayla Ingeman was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with a single count each of felony uttering a forgery and misdemeanor receiving stolen property as well as two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping. If convicted, she faces up to 8-1/3 years in prison and/or up to $40,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were called Friday to the BMO Harris Bank, 5101 Spring Street, for a report of a forged check. When police arrived they spoke with the branch manager who said Ingeman’s grandmother had phoned to say she feared Ingeman had stolen some of her checks. Bank personnel confirmed the defendant was present at the bank and trying to cash a check for $950.00.

Ingeman told police the checks were legitimate and gave several reasons why she had them. But a family member reiterated that Ingeman did not have permission to take the checks, and cash them.

When officers searched Ingeman’s purse, they found a credit card in the family member’s name and another check already made out to Ingeman, the complaint reads.

The defendant remains in the Racine County Jail on a $1,500 cash bond. She will next be in court Feb. 25 for her preliminary hearing.

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