Racine police say a Racine woman is facing felony forgery charges after shey stole money out of a man’s checking account while the man was in jail.

Carrie Daniel, 37, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with six felony counts of forgery; two felony counts of uttering a forgery; and one felony count of forgery, party to a crime. If convicted, she faces up to 54 years in prison and/or up to $90,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, a man who is already in jail alerted police that someone was stealing money out of his account by writing and cashing checks between Dec. 8, 2014 and Jan. 28, 2015. The man provided copies of the cashed checks; six of which were written to another man for a total of $1,450. That man hasn’t been charged yet, but Daniel cashed two checks for a total of $350.

Police say the checks were cashed at U.S. Bank, 4701 Washington Ave., and the bank provided surveillance photos of the persons who cashed the checks. Officers were able to identify both the man and Daniel in the photos.

When police questioned the man, he admitted to cashing the checks but said they were payment for getting the victim’s affairs “in order” and that Daniel had written the checks, the complaint reads. When officers questioned Daniel, she said the man in jail had given her permission to write and cash checks.

Daniel remains in the Racine County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond. Her next court date is April 9 for a preliminary hearing.

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