A Racine man is facing decades behind bars after cashing checks totaling $8,200 on a woman’s closed bank account, according to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

John Nash was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with 11 felony counts each of identity theft and forgery as well as eight felony and three misdemeanor counts of fraud against a financial institution. If convicted, he faces up to 198 years in prison and/or up to $330,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officials with Educator’s Credit Union on Nov. 15 filed a fraud complaint regarding 11 checks written to Nash from a woman’s account at Community State Bank. When investigators spoke with the woman, she told them the account was closed in 2006 and that she didn’t think any checks associated with the account even existed any longer.

Police say the woman told them she doesn’t know Nash and didn’t recognize him from bank surveillance photos. When they caught up with Nash, he denied both being the person in the photographs and cashing any checks.

Nash remains in the Racine County Jail on a $2,000 cash bond and will next be in court Dec. 14 for his preliminary hearing.

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